YAMAHA PAIR FIGHT INTO TOP FIVE
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