Van der Mark: Magny-Cours was awesome

PATA Honda rider Michael van der Mark says that he had an 'awesome day' and was 'really happy' after two fourth-place finishes at Magny-Cours on Sunday.

What makes his two fourth-place finishes so impressive is that after missing out on Superpole 2 on Saturday, due to bike problems, he started both of Sundays races in 15th position.

Two excellent starts in both races had Van der Mark challenging the top six and he kept that up in both races to get impressive finishes.

In a chat with media, the Dutch rider acknowledged that they had their problems over the weekend, but it ended well for him and the PATA Honda team.

"It's been an awesome day because we've had some problems all weekend, not only on Friday and Saturday but also in Superpole yesterday," said Van der Mark.  

"I wasn't really happy and then the warm-up was wet this morning. It was OK, though, and I had such a good start to race one. I took a lot of risks, but the bike felt really good, even though I missed a bit of acceleration. I was really happy with fourth and happy for Sylvain to be on the podium because he also worked really hard. 

"For race two we changed some settings on the front for the dry and it worked perfectly. I got a really good start again and fought my way round the outside and ended up in a nice battle with Sylvain. There was a gap to Leon [Haslam] and I had to make a bit of a move to get by him. 

"Our bike is not quite as fast as his and I had to make so much speed going on to the back straight that I had no choice really. I was not really sure about making the move, but I was quite happy with how it worked out.

"Then I saw the pace of Sykes in third was dropping a little so I kept pushing in case it dropped more. But I'm really happy with another fourth place and want to thank the guys in my crew who did a fantastic job today."