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The lights on the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship went off today as the series lived its final race of the season at the #losail International Circuit. Honda #worldsbk Team’s #nickyhayden and Michael van der Mark finished in 7th and 11th places, respectively, at the end of a shortened 10-lap race two in #qatar. The initial encounter was red flagged during the eighth lap after a technical problem occurred to the bike of local rider Saeed Al Sulaiti.
After starting from pit-lane, #nickyhayden made his way up to 15th position before the red flag was deployed. At the restart, the 35-year-old American gained some positions and, in the final four laps, he was able to find some extra pace that allowed him to join the 4-way battle for fifth. Hayden made a couple of successful moves on Fores and De Rosa before the chequered flag to end up seventh.
Michael van der Mark got a great launch off row three but ended up losing several positions as he was pushed wide at turn one. The former World Supersport Champion made up some ground and by lap eight he was back to ninth place. When the new race got underway, van der Mark moved up to eighth place but could not hold on to it and finished eleventh in his last race with the team and Honda.
The final standings see Michael van der Mark and #nickyhayden in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
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