In-form van der Mark carries confidence to Misano

After a breakthrough weekend at Jerez, Michael van der Mark is confident of more front-running success at Misano this weekend
In-form van der Mark carries confidence to Misano

Michael van der Mark will look to maintain his strong upturn in form at Misano after returning to winning ways for the Pata Yamaha team last time out in Jerez.

On a strong weekend for the Dutchman, van der Mark reeled off a pair of second place finishes before taking full advantage of Alvaro Bautista’s race two fall to defeat Jonathan Rea for his and Yamaha’s first win of the 2019 WorldSBK season.

Only eight points shy of a full score in Jerez, van der Mark has moved into a comfortable third overall in the standings and expects the Yamaha R1 to be similarly quick at Misano, round seven of the 2019 WorldSBK season.

“We had a great weekend in Jerez with two podium finishes and our first race win of the season, so we head to Misano now with a really good feeling.

“We tested in Misano less than a month ago and, although the weather wasn’t ideal, we got enough dry track time to make things a little easier for us to get up to speed quickly this weekend.

“We have a really good package now, as we saw in Jerez, so I'm pretty sure we can enjoy another great weekend in Misano and fight once again for podium finishes in all three races.”