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Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team's Michael van der Mark bounced back on Sunday at Misano to charge through the field and secure fourth in Race 2 during round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, despite another technical issue with his rear tyre. His teammate Alex Lowes showed good pace and was battling with his teammate when he, unfortunately, lost the front in turn 1 and crashed out.
Van der Mark was determined to bounce back from Saturday's Race 1 when a technical issue with his tyre caused him to crash while leading the race. He started from 12th on the grid and when the lights went out he immediately got his head down and started to charge through the pack. The 24-year-old Dutch rider caught his teammate and passed him for sixth place after Lowes ran wide on lap 9, also managing to get past Laverty at the same time. He then tried his best to close the gap to the riders at the front. He was lapping at the same pace as the leaders, and with a rider retiring in front of him, on lap 18 he was up to fourth place. Unfortunately, he had already felt vibration from his rear tyre and was naturally concerned that a repeat of his Race 1 problem might occur. This meant he had to back off although he bravely continued to cross the line in fourth and match his best result for the Pata #yamaha Team in 2017.
Lowes was determined to follow up his podium in Race 1 with another good ride, but due to the rules for Race 2 he had to start from eighth on the grid. Lowes showed great pace and made his way through the pack one by one until he was in sixth place, before he got held up behind Eugene Laverty. In an effort to pass he ran slightly wide, allowing his teammate van der Mark through. He fought back, passed Laverty, but while hunting down the leading group with his teammate, on lap 12 he tucked the front at turn 1, ending his race prematurely.
Lowes DNF means he is now fifth in the championship with 141 points, 22 behind Marco Melandri in fourth. Van der Mark moves up to sixth with 115 points, 26 behind his teammate. The team are next in action at Laguna Seca for round eight of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship on 7th-9th July.
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