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ottobre 26, 2016 - Honda Racing

Hayden and van der Mark eager to wrap up 2016 season in style in Qatar

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The #honda #worldsbk Team is currently in #qatar, in the Middle East, where this weekend the thirteenth and final round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship takes place. #nickyhayden and #michaelvandermark will attack the fast-flowing 5.38 km Losail International Circuit on board their #honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines and share the garage one last time.

The Losail International Circuit made its #worldsbk debut back in 2005 and, after disappearing from the calendar in 2009, the Qatari race track made its return in 2014, when the first World Superbike night race was held under the impressive floodlight system that had already been used by MotoGP from 2008.

Nicky Hayden’s current best result at Losail is a second place finish scored in 2006 when #racing in factory #honda MotoGP colours, the same ones he rode with last weekend at Phillip Island as a substitute rider for his injured former team mate Dani Pedrosa.

Michael van der Mark, who today celebrates his 24th birthday, will be contesting his last round as a factory #honda rider this weekend. The young Dutchman was fourth and fifth in the two Qatari races last year after mixing up front for honours, while in 2014 he wrapped up his World Supersport title-winning campaign with a race win.

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