Honda rider Michael van der Mark, of the Netherlands, was very happy to have got a podium in Race Two of the World Superbike Championship at the TT Circuit Assen on Sunday.
Cheered on by his home crowd the 23-year-old from Rotterdam finished in third place behind Kawasaki duo Tom Sykes and race winner Jonathan Rea.
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Sunday’s podium was a big improvement compared to Van der Mark’s race on Saturday, where he crashed out on the 19th lap having being in contention for a possible podium.
In an interview with the official WSBK site, the Dutchman said though he was disappointed by what happened on Saturday he was more than happy to have got a podium in Race Two.
“It was difficult. On Friday, I crashed twice in the wet and I was proper scared to go out there! The track was dry, I was trying to take the lead and get away, but on the rain tyre it wasn’t possible and didn’t feel safe,” said Van der Mark.
“We had to go to slick tyres, I waited one lap, I went out of pit lane and the bike didn’t work for a couple of laps as the tyres needed to warm up. For me, it was an amazing race after the disappointment yesterday.
“I wanted to win so badly yesterday and today I have taken third place in front of this amazing place and it is like a win.”