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Michael van der Mark has claimed sixth place in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, the venue that is currently hosting the eleventh round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship. Nicky Hayden’s progression for today ended with a thirteen position: the experienced American rider, therefore, will need to make his way through Superpole 1 tomorrow.
Van der Mark did not enjoy the best start to the day as he was forced to sit out the first free practice session due to a technical problem experienced on his very first out lap. Despite the setback, the 2014 World Supersport Champion did not let himself down and as soon as free practice two got underway, he took to the track and got up to speed. The real breakthrough came towards the end of the session when, after some changes made to the rear settings of his Fireblade, van der Mark bounced back to fifth position. He then lost one place before the chequered flag was deployed, but with no consequence as the Dutch rider had already successfully qualified to Superpole 2.
With no previous #racing experience at this track, #nickyhayden had to get a first taste of how the #honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP behaves around the French circuit. After finishing the opening session in tenth place, Hayden and the team had a tricky time in finding a good direction in terms of setup for the bike; the 35-year-old from Kentucky was able to improve his morning lap-time by 0.3s, but that was still not enough for him to earn a spot in the top-10.
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