Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark left the Portimao WorldSBK test in confident mood, believing improvments to the R1 had been made in all areas and ready to get back into the podium battle.
The Dutchman has been on the road to recovery after a nasty highside saw him hospitalised at Misano but a broken wrist didn’t stop Magic Mikey from claiming second place at the Suzuka Eight-Hours, albeit on a very different version of the Superbike.
“First of all, it was great to be back on the bike after a long Summer break. The last bikes me and Alex were riding were quite a lot different compared to our race bikes,” said van der Mark.
“To be honest, the feeling came back pretty quick, we could start testing the stuff we wanted to. I was happy with yesterday, we tried some parts in the afternoon, but we tried them on Sunday morning when it was cooler too.”
“Our aim is to get back to the level we were before Misano. We had such a good flow, and I am feeling fit again and I have a good feeling with the bike again too. I want to fight for podiums already, from Portimao onwards.
“Portimao is one of my favourite rounds and I have had some really good results there in the past. I am sure that we have improved everything and that we can fight for the podiums in the next couple of rounds.”