Maiden WorldSBK podium for Hayden as van der Mark tumbles in a spectacular race one

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Nicky Hayden claimed his maiden WorldSBK podium finish today at the TT Circuit Assen. The 34-year-old American was third at the chequered flag at the end of an enthralling, 21-lap opening race one in the Netherlands. It was a bittersweet encounter for the Honda WorldSBK Team, though, as Michael van der Mark crashed out of second position into turn three on the penultimate lap, after an incredible on-track performance for the local rider.

Hayden got a perfect launch from tenth place on the grid and was sixth in the early stages of the race, before running comfortably in the tightly packed top four. On the penultimate lap, he moved up to third after van der Mark’s tumble and, after a moment at turn five, he decided to back off from chasing the leading duo and settled for third, which resulted in his first podium finish since the Jerez MotoGP race of 2011.

Despite a disappointing end to the race, Michael van der Mark once again showed all his talent on board the Honda WorldSBK Team’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP as the 23-year-old battled hard with the leaders and even got his turn at the front, sending the home crowd into raptures. He was riding in second place on lap 20 of 21, when he lost the front. When he made his way back to the pit-box, a standing ovation was in store for him from his proud fans.

Race two of the Dutch round will take place tomorrow from 1pm local time (GMT +2).

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