By totalmotorcycle $WorldSBK 2016 #Hayden and van der Mark confident ahead of #Malaysian round Round 6 – Malaysia @Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
The Honda WorldSBK Team has arrived at the Sepang International Circuit, where this weekend the sixth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship takes place. Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark will attack the recently resurfaced Malaysian circuit aboard their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines, with the aim of mixing it up in the battle for honours in the two races, scheduled this Saturday and Sunday at 4pm local time (GMT+8).
Hayden is the rider on the WorldSBK grid with the most experience at Sepang, having raced there thirteen times in his MotoGP career. The American rider has yet to step on the podium in Malaysia, although his results there are nevertheless impressive: he was fourth on six occasions, four of them consecutively from his 2003 debut.
After winning the World Supersport race in style in 2014, Michael van der Mark wrapped up last year’s WorldSBK weekend at Sepang with a top-5 finish less than two tenths of a second ahead of former teammate Leon Haslam at the line. The 23-year-old Dutchman is eager to battle again for top positions, in order to try and increase his 2016 tally of four podiums.
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In Malaysia, motorcycle racing is becoming more and more popular, especially as motorcycles are increasingly being used as the main vehicle of transportation in the country. The track is one I know well: it’s big, long, wide and has a bit of everything. It’ll be interesting to try it again after the recent resurfacing and to see how the tyres will perform with the new asphalt, whether it’ll increase or lower the tyre wear and the general grip. This is a top-class venue and the event …read more