Saturday, April 11, 2015

Team Pata Honda's van der Mark & Guintolli Struggle in World Superbike Qualifying at Motorland Aragon

Fourth row start for Michael van der Mark at Aragon
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Motorland Aragon - Spain    11.04.2015
Fourth row start for Michael van der Mark at Aragon
Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s third-round World Superbike championship races from the fourth row of the grid after qualifying in 11th position today at Aragon in Spain.
The Dutch rider had a positive start in the morning’s free practice runs and the team will take the data from all sessions to continue to work on obtaining the right setting for the 5.077km Aragon circuit.
Meanwhile Sylvain Guintoli will start the two 18-lap races a row behind his teammate in 14th position after missing out on Superpole this afternoon. It has been a difficult two days for Guintoli and his crew as they continue to seek the optimum setting for the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. 
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark - P11, 1m51.510s
I had a good feeling this morning, we improved a little bit and I thought we could go a lot faster in Superpole but it didn’t work out. I think the race pace is ok, but we have to come from quite far back on the grid and I am a little disappointed with that, but tomorrow is a new day. 
Sylvain Guintoli
Sylvain Guintoli - P14, 1m51.481s
We struggled a little bit today and couldn’t get qualifying pace, with the race tyre it felt good but I wasn’t able to improve my times. It will be hard work tomorrow for the races, we are trying everything and the crew is working hard to make improvements. We have to keep our heads down and try our best during the races. 
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels
It’s been a difficult day, Michael was 11th and Sylvain missed out on Superpole in 14th place. There is a gap with the competition at the moment, but we have got a lot of data to go through and put some changes in place ready for warm-up tomorrow. 
  Qualifying Results
1  Leon Haslam1m49.664sGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
2  Chaz Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3  Tom Sykes1m49.863sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Jonathan Rea1m50.053sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
5  Xavi Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
6  Ayrton Badovini1m50.670sITABMWJR Racing Team
7  Jordi Torres1m50.735sESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
8  Alex Lowes1m50.924sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
9  Nicolas Terol1m51.146sESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
10  Leandro Mercado1m51.243sARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
11  Michael van der Mark1m51.510sNEDHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
14  Sylvain Guintoli1m51.481sFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
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