Dramatic race two in Assen ends with a podium finish for Michael van der Mark

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The Honda WorldSBK Team has completed the fourth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship with another podium finish, this time courtesy of Michael van der Mark. The young Dutchman was third at the chequered flag at the end of an unpredictable 21-lap race two at the TT Circuit Assen. This is the fourth podium of the season for van der Mark, and the third out of four WorldSBK races he has contested so far in the Netherlands. After his joyful maiden World Superbike podium yesterday, Nicky Hayden finished the second Dutch encounter with a solid sixth.

The race was declared wet by the race organisers despite the absence of rain, with the two Honda riders opting for the use of full-wet Pirellis. After a great start, both van der Mark and Hayden were part of the leading group and exchanged positions several times, while moving up the order. As the race got near its halfway point and the track surface dried, riders started to make their way back to the pits in order to switch to slicks. Van der mark came in at the end of lap nine, while Hayden waited for three more laps.

After the whole field went through the pit-stop procedure, Michael found himself in third place, although eight seconds away from the leading duo of Rea and Sykes. With no chance to bridge the gap to the front, the 23-year-old from Rotterdam decided to consolidate his position and ride his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP home in third. Nicky resumed his chase from ninth place and, thanks to a good pace in the dry, he was able to make up efseveral places before the chequered flag.

With four rounds of fourteen completed, Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden currently sit fourth and fifth in the Championship standings. The next round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at Imola in two weeks.

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