WorldSBK Saturday during Barcelona: stick position for Tom Sykes, Michael outpost der Mark battling for a lectern spot.

Barcelona. The Saturday during a Circuit de Catalunya began with
stick position for a BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. Tom Sykes (GBR)
valid unbeatable in a Superpole on his BMW M 1000 RR as he
claimed a sought-after mark during a front of a grid. In competition one
that afternoon, his team-mate Michael outpost der Mark (NED) was
concerned in a conflict to strech a lectern and finished fifth on the
soppy circuit. Sykes crossed a finish line in eighth place. Jonas
Folger (GER) from a Bonovo MGM Racing Team finished a initial race
in 19th position.

 

Sykes posted a time of 1:40.408 minutes, scarcely three-tenths of a
second faster than his rivals, to explain his third stick position with
BMW in a morning Superpole gift session, his 51st WorldSBK
stick overall. Van der Mark competent in ninth place. Folger finished
a Superpole in 18th position.

 

The weekend during Barcelona had been dry so far, though sleet set in just
as a grid was combining adult for competition one. The riders chose wet-weather
tyres to understanding with a conditions around a circuit.

 

Pole-sitter Sykes endured some bad fitness during a start. His behind wheel
started spinning on a paint as he pulled away, dropping him back
down to 15th place. Van der Mark remained in ninth after a start,
before starting to make his pierce adult by a field. He had reached
fifth place by path dual and changed into fourth with a good stratagem on
path seven. He was now battling for a lectern finish and changed to within
0.1 seconds of a tip three. When personality Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR /
Yamaha) late on a 15th lap, outpost der Mark was means to explain third
for a while before dropping dual places. Van der Mark afterwards sealed adult on
Jonathan Rea (GBR / Kawasaki) again during a final laps, before
channel a line in fifth place, 6 and a half seconds behind winner
Scott Redding (GBR / Ducati). On path one, Sykes changed adult from 15th to
tenth place. He afterwards returned to a tip 8 on a subsequent path and
finished a competition in eighth position. Folger finished a difficult
competition in 19th position.

 

Quotes after competition one during Barcelona.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Overall, that was a churned day for us. Of course, it was
illusory for Tom to get stick position in Superpole and we are also
unequivocally gratified with Michael’s opening in a competition carrying started
from ninth and was afterwards concerned in a conflict for a podium.
Unfortunately, his tyres started to wear during a final laps. But he
did cranky a line only a few seconds off a lectern places. This is
good, and means we have one good competition in a bag. Unfortunately, Tom
had some bad fitness during a start and wasn’t means to spin his pole
position into a result. It was a contrition that he fell behind so far. Now
we will see what a continue tomorrow brings. we will be streamer on to
Le Castellet where we are competing in a Bol d’Or with a BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team. we wish this group a unequivocally best of luck
as well, and we wish that unchanging supplement Xavi Forés recovers from his
injuries swiftly.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Firstly, it was a good Superpole path from Tom. An
unimaginable path time. Mickey didn’t do so bad subordinate for the
third quarrel in ninth. In competition one, Tom unfortunately fell behind to P15 at
a start. Mickey did good to mangle by from P9 and was roughly in
a lectern position, though it’s days like currently where we need to take
a opportunity. We need to pronounce to a riders and get their
feedback, though P5 and P8 isn’t such a bad result. But Tom starting from
pole; he will be unhappy with that. Let’s see what tomorrow
brings, hopefully we can go a bit better.”

 

Michael outpost der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“This morning in FP3 we felt unequivocally good. we had good pace
after creation some changes to a bike that we felt gentle with.
In Superpole we was utterly happy with my laps. P9 on a grid wasn’t
ideal, though we knew we had a good bike for a race. The competition afterwards was
wet. we had an OK start and got into a good stroke and started to pass
people. At a certain indicate in a competition we was feeling unequivocally confident
though we felt a bike spinning as shortly as we picked a bike adult out of
a corner, generally compared to a other riders. For me it was an
beguiling competition though it was also unequivocally frustrating as we had a feeling
that if we had a small some-more hold on a exit we could have been up
there fighting for a podium. Anyway, this is another competition finished and
we learnt a lot from it. We have to find a resolution when it’s wet
again to get some-more expostulate grip.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It obviously
was good to get stick position in Superpole though afterwards during a race
start, we went from stick position to 15th. In a stormy conditions I
got on a lot of paint on a lane after half a metre so a bike spun
adult twice. It was hapless since in a early laps we had good
speed and afterwards everybody seemed to go utterly prosaic so it was difficult
to make a difference, so it was a beating though it is like it
is. The bike was operative unequivocally good in a lot of areas, only missing
entrance hold on a rear. This is something to demeanour after for tomorrow
and afterwards we will get a subsequent chance.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “I had hoped that we
would be means to advantage from a sleet and pierce adult by a few places.
However, a conflicting incited out to be a case. we don’t know why, but
we had frequency any grip. Maybe it was since we did not use a chassis
totally for sleet setup. We will have to see what a others did but
we consider that this was a categorical reason since we had no grip, causing me to
remove time path after lap. Now we wish that it stays dry tomorrow. We had
been doing good in a dry and maybe we will be means to measure more
points tomorrow.”