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Nicky Hayden and #michaelvandermark have completed the Spanish Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship with another strong performance, as the two Honda #worldsbk riders were fourth and sixth, respectively, at the end of race two at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ today.
Hayden got a good launch from fifth place on the grid and immediately showed some aggressiveness on track, which helped him moving up to fourth place at turn five during the opening lap of the encounter. The competitive rhythm shown in the early stages of the race helped the ‘Kentucky Kid’ consolidate his position, although as the laps went by he seemed unable to stay in contention for a rostrum finish.
The 35-year-old American kept pushing as hard as he could on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine and – with three laps to go – he had narrowed down to half a second his gap to third place. Nicky kept riding at the limit up to the chequered flag, although he could not get close enough to make a final move on Sykes.
Michael van der Mark maintained his position after the start and, after taking a bit of time to get past some of his rivals, by lap ten he joined Lowes and Guintoli in the battle for fifth place. After elevating himself up to sixth, he tried all he could not to lose touch with his former team mate and – with a really quick final lap of the encounter – he crossed the line 0.5s away from fifth place.
With only the two Qatari races left in the season, van der Mark is still fourth in the championship standings, 23 points ahead of Hayden in fifth.
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