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In his smart new or­ange and blue spe­cial-edi­tion Pata Yamaha WSB paint scheme for his home race, Dutch­man Michael van der Mark was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion with the huge pres­sure and ex­pec­ta­tion of the home crowd on his shoul­ders. But things didn’t go quite to plan for ei­ther van der Mark or team-mate Alex Lowes in race one.

Van der Mark ran on at the first cor­ner in race one as it looked like the pres­sure was tak­ing its toll. A nasty high­side soon af­ter ended a dis­mal open­ing en­counter, but the Dutch­man in­sisted he didn’t feel ex­tra pres­sure.

He said: “It is weird be­cause ev­ery­body says there is a lot of pres­sure here, but I want to win ev­ery week­end, and to be on the podium ev­ery week­end.”

A big im­prove­ment on Sun­day saw him match the pace of Du­cati’s Chaz Davies for a long time, but a big mo­ment slowed him to fin­ish fourth.

Lowes, who had two su­per-high speed crashes on Fri­day and one more in race one, re­cov­ered bril­liantly in race two.

He said: “When you’re 15th on the grid you can­not ex­pect much, so to get fifth is great, espe­cially as we had a tough Fri­day. On Fri­day I made a cou­ple of small-ish mis­takes, but had two big crashes. It’s not the fact that we crashed but the fact that the crashes were fast. Bikes do not roll very well at 150mph.”

‘ The crashes were fast. Bikes do not roll very well at 150mph’ ALEX LOWES

Van der Mark fought to a strong fourth place af­ter a race one crash

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