Honda rider Michael van der Mark believes that the 2016 World Superbike season will be a lot more competitive as all the teams have made major improvements.
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea absolutely dominated this year’s World Superbike season as he came first in 14 of the 26 races. However, van der Mark believes that upcoming season will not be as one-sided as he feels the other teams are all oozing potential.
“The target for me is where we ended last year, in the top five every time. If we can start there, it will be a really good start,” he told reporters. “Yamaha’s bike is new and if you look at the bike on track, we know they’ll be coming. We just don’t know when.
“Of course, Kawasaki have a new bike and when you look at testing, they’re very fast. You also have Ducati and BMW so I think next year, you have many bikes that can be at the front and I’m pretty sure the Honda will be there too.”
Van der Mark, who is currently recovering from wrist surgery, came seventh in his debut season this year, but the 23-year-old wants to be on the podium on a more consistent basis next season after he achieved three third place finishes in 2015.
“I’m a racer, I want to win races and championships. I think, for us, a goal can be winning races and getting podiums,” he said. “The championship is difficult but of course we will try and I will be happy with many podiums.”