WSBK: Hayden and van der Mark Ready for Lausitzring Attack

Honda WorldSBK Team Take on the Tenth Round of the 2016 Season in Germany

Honda WorldSBK Team - Lausitzring Circuit

Nicky Hayden #69

Nicky Hayden Race Action ShotHonda Racing Corporation

The Honda WorldSBK Team is set to return to action this weekend as the FIM Superbike World Championship resumes after the long summer break. Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark will take on the tenth round of the 2016 season at the Lausitzring racetrack in Germany, the same circuit where less than a month ago they had a fruitful two-day private test on board their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines.

Located 110 km south of Germany’s capital city Berlin, the Lausitzring – also known as Eurospeedway Lausitz – last hosted a WorldSBK round back in 2007. The 4.255 km layout used for WorldSBK – which is a mix between parts from the oval and the infield – features seven left-handers, six right handers and little elevation change.

Round 10 of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship will follow the standard European time schedule, with the two races getting underway at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Nicky Hayden #69:

“We’re going to kick back off in Lausitzring. We’ve been already and make some good laps while working on a bit of a setup. We improved the bike a little bit, like we’ve been doing consistently this year. The track itself reminds me of some American circuits but the infield has got quite a good layout, compared to the majority of tracks built inside an oval. It has some long corners and a couple of fun ones, along with a little bit of elevation. We tested there but we’re not really sure where we stack up in terms of pace because we were there with many other teams, but I’m sure we’re going to find out really quick on Friday morning. I’m looking forward to this part of the season: there are four rounds and eight individual races left, so it’ll be important for me to learn a few new tracks and try to have some fun.”

Honda WorldSBK Team - Lausitzring Circuit

Michael van der Mark #60

Michael van der Mark Paddock ShotHonda Racing Corporation

Michael van der Mark #60:

“It's been a long summer break, so I’m really looking forward to go racing again! It’s only four rounds left in the season so every race will be crucial for our goal to achieve fourth place in the final championship standings. We had a good two-day test at the Lausitzring last month and that will allow us to start the weekend on the right foot, as we’ll only have to look for small improvements on the setup we have found already. Hopefully the weather will be on our side this weekend, so that we can enjoy some more dry track-time and push for some great results.”

Pieter Breddels - Technical Manager:

“Last month’s test at Lausitzring was really useful for us, because the track proved quite difficult to learn and - with regards to the setup - it wasn’t easy to find the right gearing. The weather was great and that helped Michael and especially Nicky – who had never ridden there before – to have a bit of an edge for the round. The track appears to suit the bike quite well and the times we set back then were quite encouraging. Hopefully we can put both riders in the right conditions to fight for the podium. There will be no updates for the moment on the bike, which I think is a well-developed and balanced machine now.”

Rider Standings - Sunday, 10 Jul 2016 - Open world standings grid:

  • Jonathan REA 65 GBR 368 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
  • Tom SYKES 66 GBR 322 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
  • Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 260 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
  • Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 185 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
  • Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 185 Honda WorldSBK Honda
  • Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 173 Honda WorldSBK Honda
  • Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 155 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
  • Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 110 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
  • Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 110 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
  • Xavi FORES 12 SPA 97 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
  • Alex LOWES 22 GBR 94 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
  • Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 68 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
  • Román RAMOS 40 SPA 60 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
  • Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 58 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
  • Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 58 Milwaukee BMW BMW
  • Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 56 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
  • Anthony WEST 13 AUS 50 Team Pedercini Honda
  • Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 32 Milwaukee BMW BMW
  • Niccolò CANEPA 59 CAN 30 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
  • Matteo BAIOCCO 15 ITA 12 Althea Racing Ducati
  • Lucas MAHIAS 144 FRA 9 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
  • Cameron BEAUBIER 6 USA 6 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
  • Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
  • Dominic SCHMITTER 9 SWI 5 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
  • Luca SCASSA 99 ITA 3 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
  • Mike JONES 46 AUS 2 Desmo Sport Ducati Ducati
  • Sylvain BARRIER 11 QAT 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
  • Joshua HOOK 16 AUS 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
  • Pawel SZKOPEK 119 POL 1 Team Toth Yamaha
  • Matthieu LUSSIANA 94 FRA 1 Team ASPI BMW
  • Saeed AL SULAITI 11 QAT 1 Team Pedercini Kawasaki

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