Hayden and Van der Mark Battle Hard in Race Two at Donington

Hayden and Van Der Mark Battle Hard in Race Two at Donington

Hayden and Van der Mark Battle Hard in Race Two at Donington

Round seven of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship has come to an end with the second race of the weekend at Donington Park, which saw the Honda WorldSBK duo of Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark finishing in sixth and eighth positions, respectively.

Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden(#69)
Nicky Hayden(#69)

Nicky did not enjoy the best of starts from seventh place on the grid but was able to make up places using the outside line at turn one. By the end of the opening lap, the American rider was running in fifth place and setting his sights on fourth, which he took from Giugliano on lap four with a perfect pass at Coppice 1.

Hayden brilliantly defended his position from a competitive Lorenzo Savadori, who was right in his slipstream for almost the entire first half of the encounter. When he eventually dropped back to fifth behind the Aprilia rider, he started to experience a loss of grip, which made it difficult for him to keep a consistent pace around the 4.023 Km English track. He eventually had to give away one more position at the end of the penultimate lap of 23 and had nothing to fight back with before the checkered flag was deployed.

Michael van der Mark’s race was once again affected by his twelfth-place grid position; the Dutchman found himself battling for eighth place with Joshua Brookes and Cameron Beaubier, eventually getting the better of both opponents. In the final stages of the encounter, van der Mark’s pace was not too far from the front-runners, although he was not able to close on Giugliano for seventh.

World Superbike will now enjoy a three-week break before round eight, which will take place at the Misano World Circuit in Italy on June 17-19. The team will also perform a single-day test this Wednesday at the same track, in preparation for the Italian event.

Honda Rider Comments

Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 5th / 6th
“Of course, I cannot be happy with sixth place but I have no excuses; the team did a great job with the bike and we switched to a harder front tire, which gave me better stability under braking in the downhill corners. I did my fastest lap of the weekend, including qualifying, today. My pace was much quicker than yesterday but I simply wasn’t fast enough, especially after halfway when I started experiencing a little technical problem that hurt our performance a bit. I also struggled in changing direction, especially when lifting the bike and I had a couple of big moments at the Esses. Too bad, because for a while I thought I could close the gap to Chaz Davies and fight for the podium. As I said thanks to the team because the bike was better today and now we just need to come up with something to improve it a bit more.”
Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 8th/8th
“It has been another difficult race for me, in all ways similar to the one I had yesterday. I was able to make a couple of places at the start but I got stuck again in the battle for eighth with Josh Brookes and Cameron Beaubier. I was eventually able to pass them and stay ahead, but it definitely wasn’t easy. Our starting position surely didn’t help, but we wouldn’t have had the pace anyway to battle for the top 5. There’s still a lot of work to do and we will start with Misano. Hopefully next week’s test there will help us find the solution to the problems I have been experiencing lately.”
Pieter Breddels
“Nicky had a great first half of the race and it was clear that he had a good feeling with the bike. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep the same pace until the end and we are working hard to find out what happened. Sixth is not a bad result but surely we were looking for more today. On the positive side of things, we were able to improve the bike a lot during the weekend and that’s great news for the upcoming races. We tried the new suspension linkage on Michael’s bike that we used on Nicky’s yesterday and that, along with some changes to the electronics, helped him finding a better feeling. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate to a better result; he also had a small problem on the last lap, which we are sorry for. Hopefully on Wednesday at a one-day test in Misano we will be able to come up with a good set-up for both bikes in order to be ready for next round.”
Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark

Jacobsen Takes Second at Donington to Claim Best Result of the Season

PJ Jacobsen has completed the seventh round of the 2016 FIM Supersport Race with a second place finish in the 20-lap race that took place at Donington Park in the UK. This is the best race result for Jacobsen so far in 2016, with the Honda WorldSSP rider now third in the Championship standings with five races still left to be contested in the season.

Jacobsen had a good start from second place on the grid and, after leading the race for half of the opening lap, he was overtaken by current series leader Sofuoglu, who was able to pull away and put a two-second gap between himself and last year’s Vice Champion. PJ was able to hold on to second place from a determined Randy Krummenacher, who tried without success to get past the American.

As the race entered its final quarter, Jacobsen was constantly the quickest rider on track; he was able to consolidate second place in the late stages, while trying at the same time to have one last push victory. The young American was able to narrow the gap to the lead to 1.2s at the start of the penultimate lap, but despite the effort, he ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Honda Rider Comments

Patrick Jacobsen (Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 2th
“At the beginning of the race I let Sofuoglu get away a bit too much, because honestly I thought that tyre wear would have been higher than it turned out to be in the end. With seven laps to go I started pushing to try and bridge the gap to Kenan but two laps afterwards I almost had a big highside and that told me I was on the tyre limit already. I did all I could but obviously it didn’t pay off, but I want to thank the guys for their amazing effort, because we’re getting there and we’re back in the game. I believe that from now on we’ll have the chance to be at the sharp end of the field at every track.”
Pieter Breddels
“PJ did a good job in keeping calm despite seeing Sofuoglu pulling away and Krummenacher getting closer. In the final stages he did his best to get back near the lead, but it was simply a bit too late. He rode a solid race and that’s his best result of the season so far, which put him back to third in the standings. We’re pretty happy with our weekend and we are now looking forward to some more of the same at Misano. It’s good to be back on the podium but we must keep the momentum going and be up there on regular basis.”
Patrick Jacobsen
Patrick Jacobsen

World Superbike and World Supersport 2016
Round 07: Donington Park – Great Britain

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2 Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
3 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4 Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
5 Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team)
6 Lorenzo Savadori (IodaRacing Team)
7 Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
8 Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team)
9 Karel Abraham (Milwaukee BMW)
10 Anthony West (Pedercini Racing)
11 Markus Reiterberger (Althea BMW Racing Team)
12 Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team)
13 Román Ramos (Team GoEleven)
14 Joshua Brookes (Milwaukee BMW)
15 Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
4 Lorenzo Savadori (IodaRacing Team)
5 Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
6 Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team)
7 Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
8 Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team)
9 Joshua Brookes (Milwaukee BMW)
10 Cameron Beaubier (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
11 Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
12 Anthony West (Pedercini Racing)
13 Román Ramos (Team GoEleven)
14 Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team)
15 Alex De Angelis (IodaRacing Team)
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
2 Patrick Jacobsen (Honda World Supersport Team)
3 Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
4 Gino Rea (GRT Racing Team)
5 Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing)
6 Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
7 Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25)
8 Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
9 Ayrton Badovini (Gemar Balloons – Team Lorini)
10 Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
11 Federico Caricasulo (Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing)
12 Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia)
13 Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team)
14 Roberto Rolfo (Team Factory Vamag)
15 Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
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