WSBK: Donington Park and Brno

Michael van der Mark of Pata Yamaha clinches his first dou­ble vic­tory at Donington Park, giv­ing Yamaha their first win in Bri­tain since 2011

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Michael van der Mark had a num­ber of rea­sons to cel­e­brate his dou­ble vic­tory at donington Park as he be­came the first ever dutch­man to win a race in WSBK his­tory. he also be­came the first rider, af­ter Marco Me­landri, to win on a Yamaha af­ter a seven-year hia­tus.

Race One

The first race saw some in­ter­est­ing ac­tion in­volv­ing the Kawasaki duo of Jonathan rea and Tom Sykes, and Pata Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark. as the lights went out, rea took the lead. he was fol­lowed by Sykes in sec­ond and Michael in third. rea and Sykes kept ex­chang­ing the lead for the first half of the race. how­ever, on lap 12, van der Mark was able to slip into sec­ond when rea, who was run­ning in P2, out­braked him­self al­low­ing the dutch rider to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion. From here, the Pata Yamaha rider started his charge for the lead and, two laps later, he was able to slip into the lead af­ter Sykes, who was lead­ing the race, made an er­ror. Michael started to pull away as Sykes and rea started their duel for the sec­ond place. at the end of the race, van der Mark took the win with a healthy mar­gin of 1.136 sec­onds. cham­pi­onship leader rea was able to fin­ish in sec­ond place af­ter a tough fight with team-mate Sykes, who even­tu­ally fin­ished third.

Race Two

The sec­ond race was even more ex­cit­ing as sev­eral rid­ers fought for the lead, in­clud­ing the Kawasaki duo. The race started with Pata Yamaha’s alex lowes and Mil­wau­kee aprilia’s lorenzo Savadori fight­ing for the lead, fol­lowed by Michael van der Mark and Jonathan rea. lowes, who was run­ning in P2 on the first lap, made his move on the sec­ond lap to take the lead from Savadori. Soon Michael van der Mark too climbed up to P3 with rea tak­ing P4 by lap four. For the first seven laps, the fight was among these four rid­ers. On lap eight, how­ever, rea went past Savadori to take P3. By lap 12, rea had over­taken Michael to move up to P2 with lowes still lead­ing.

The ac­tion be­came even more in­ter­est­ing on lap 17, when rea got the lead as he over­took lowes, rel­e­gat­ing him to P2 with van der Mark in P3. On the fol­low­ing lap, things changed dra­mat­i­cally as Michael went past rea to take the lead and started pulling away. By now, raz­gatli­oglu of Kawasaki Puc­cetti rac­ing had moved up the order into P4 and, by lap 20, he pushed lowes to P4, tak­ing the fight to rea who was run­ning in P2.

come lap 23, the last lap of the race, and raz­gatli­oglu blasted past rea to take P2, his first-ever podium in WSBK. Mean­while, at the front Michael van der Mark claimed his first dou­ble vic­tory, which gave him much rea­son to cel­e­brate as he moved to third place in the cham­pi­onship.

To­prak Raz­gatli­oglu cel­e­brat­ing his first-ever WSBK podium

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