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Van der Mark Fired Up For Home Race

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The Pata Honda team is preparing for its home race at Assen this weekend (25-27 April) for round three of the 2014 World Supersport championship.

The 4.542km Assen circuit is just 70km north of the team‰Ûªs Nieuwleusen base in the north of Holland and is one that the team knows well. Assen also marks the home round of Michael van der Mark.

The team‰Ûªs 21-year-old Dutch rider was born in Gouda near Rotterdam and is in his second season on the Pata Honda CBR600RR. Van der Mark finished second in the last race at Aragon in Spain after a no-score in the opening round, and he finished fourth in the World Supersport race at Assen last year.

"Although it‰Ûªs a big race for both me and the team, the approach is just the same." Van der Mark stated. "There‰Ûªs only one thing to do, and that is to go as fast as possible!

"Of course, there is some more activity ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs a busier event for me and my crew, but I have to put those things to one side and concentrate on the job. I was very happy to score some points in Aragon after crashing at Phillip Island, so I come to Assen with the confidence that gives.

"The CBR felt really good in Spain and we have been able to improve it a lot. The team has so much experience at Assen, I‰Ûªm sure the bike will be ready to go like me on Friday morning.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Italian rider Lorenzo Zanetti, is also in his second year with the team and took an impressive fourth place at Aragon despite an injured finger, sustained in a qualifying crash at the first round in Australia.

Zanetti has adapted well to Honda‰Ûªs CBR machine and worked hard in its development during winter testing. The 26-year-old is determined to convert his consistent top five finishes into podiums.

"Assen is a special race because it is my second home race." Zanetti explained. "It is my team's home round so there is always a lot of pressure there but that is also OK because I like to ride with pressure.

"Assen is a very special track but last year I did not finish so well, I think in tenth place, but this year I have more confidence on the bike and the team has worked hard all winter.

"We had a good result in Aragon and I want to fight for a good position all weekend in Assen and go for a podium. My finger injury has not yet had time to come back to 100% and in Aragon it was painful when I was riding the bike.

"The season is very competitive and there are many riders and bikes in it this year, which is good for the spectators. Also for us, because when you are fighting with a lot of riders it is exciting," he concluded.

Top Image: Mark Van der Mark is looking forward to his home race.

Credit: Honda Racing

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