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Michael van der Mark Secures World Supersport Title In Style

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Michael van der Mark Secures World Supersport Title In Style
Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark is the 2014 FIM World Supersport champion after winning at Jerez in Spain.

Starting from pole position, the 21-year-old Dutch rider got a good start but ran wide going into turn one at the 4.423km Jerez circuit. There followed 19 laps of nail-biting racing between van der Mark, his championship rival Jules Cluzel and Florian Marino, who finished in third place today.

Cluzel had to finish ahead of van der Mark in order to keep this year‰Ûªs championship alive and the French rider rode hard to stay ahead of the Pata Honda CBR600RR.

Van der Mark knew what was required, however, and took the lead at the most important time of the race with just two laps remaining. However, Cluzel pushed too hard at the end of the penultimate lap and crashed out at the last corner, leaving van der Mark to complete his victory.

"I can‰Ûªt believe it right now! It‰Ûªs been a long journey to get here and since I started racing 10 years ago it‰Ûªs been my dream to be world champion." Van der Mark enthused. "I can thank my family and especially my father who has done so much to help me. He isn‰Ûªt here ‰ÛÒ he has his own race today ‰ÛÒ so good luck to him!

"I also want to thank all my sponsors because maybe some of them you don‰Ûªt see on the bike but they have always supported me. Also my 80-year-old trainer who keeps me fit and strong! Last but not least, the team has done an amazing job.

"This year they gave me an incredible CBR to ride with an amazing set-up. Last year we struggled a lot but this year we have shown that if everything fits together we can be world champion.

The win today is his fifth World Supersport triumph of the season, giving him an unassailable 76-point lead in the series with two rounds remaining.

The Jerez round also marked the 10th world championship for the Ten Kate Honda Racing partnership and the 10th World Supersport manufacturers‰Ûª title for Honda with its various incarnations of the remarkable CBR600RR machine.
Michael van der Mark Secures World Supersport Title In Style
Michael van der Mark celebrates his 2014 title with is team - Credit: Honda Racing
Race Results
1. Michael van der Mark 33'34.503s NED HONDA Pata Honda
2. Patrick Jacobsen 0.363 USA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
3. Florian Marino 0.508 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
4. Jack Kennedy 0.960 IRL HONDA CIA Insurance Honda
5. Kev Coghlan 2.951 GBR YAMAHA DMC Panavto-Yamaha
6. Lorenzo Zanetti 4.639 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
7. Roberto Rolfo 5.860 ITA KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
8. Ratthapark Wilairot 6.460 THA HONDA Core PTR Honda
9. Alessandro Nocco 10.477 ITA KAWASAKI San Carlo Puccetti Racing
10. Roberto Tamburini 10.875 ITA KAWASAKI San Carlo Puccetti Racing
11. Dominic Schmitter 16.916 SUI YAMAHA HAGN-SKM Racing Team
12. Vladimir Leonov 18.066 RUS MV AGUSTA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
13. Kenan Sofuoglu 19.253 TUR KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
14. Valentin Debise 20.916 FRA HONDA Com Plus South Tyneside College
15. Christian Gamarino 23.624 ITA KAWASAKI Team GO ELEVEN
17. Fabio Menghi 28.392 ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
18. Tony Covena 44.443 NED KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
19. Marco Bussolotti 47.116 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
20. Alexey Ivanov 1'05.265 RUS YAMAHA DMC Panavto-Yamaha

Championship Standings
1. Michael van der Mark 185 pts
2. Florian Marino 109 pts
3. Jules Cluzel 107 pts
4. Lorenzo Zanetti 90 pts
5. Kev Coghlan 88 pts
6. Patrick Jacobsen 87 pts
7. Kenan Sofuoglu 86 pts
8. Roberto Rolfo 71 pts
9. Raffaele De Rosa 67 pts
10. Jack Kennedy 56 pts
11. Roberto Tamburini 54 pts
12. Ratthapark Wilairot 43 pts
13. Marco Bussolotti 30 pts
14. Alessandro Nocco 27 pts
15. Kevin Wahr 26 pts
16. Riccardo Russo 25 pts
17. Christian Gamarino 23 pts
18. Fabio Menghi 20 pts
19. Vladimir Leonov 19 pts
20. Graeme Gowland 9 pts

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Credit: Honda Racing

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