By totalmotorcycle @WorldSBK 2016 Top 8 result for van der Mark and Hayden in race one at #Sepang Round 6 – Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
The opening race of the Malaysian round has been contested today at the Sepang International Circuit, with Honda WorldSBK Team’s Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden crossing the line in seventh and eighth positions, respectively. The two riders will get another chance tomorrow as round six of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship will draw to a close with the second and final encounter of the weekend, scheduled at 4pm local time (GMT +8).
The Saturday afternoon action started with the sixth-round Superpole, which saw Nicky Hayden claiming his best qualifying result of his rookie WorldSBK season, in fourth place. Unable to take the best out of the qualifying tyre, Michael van der Mark found himself on the fourth row of the grid in tenth position.
As the race got underway, Hayden and van der Mark battled hard in the first few laps, with the American eventually getting the better of his teammate and starting his chase of the riders ahead. After a couple of successful overtaking manoeuvres, Hayden began experiencing grip issues and could not hold on to his pace as some of his rivals went past him. In the final part of the encounter, he was caught by van der Mark, who won the battle for seventh place over his fellow Honda WorldSBK rider.
Michael van der Mark 60
To be honest, in today’s Superpole I made a couple of mistakes that didn’t allow me to be much faster on a qualifying tyre. I got a good start to the race and I was feeling good in the first couple of corners, but immediately I felt I was missing some grip and I couldn’t handle …read more