Buriram WSBK: Van der Mark scores maiden pole

Michael van der Mark secured his maiden World Superbike pole at Buriram, beating the two Kawasakis to the top position in Superpole.

The 23-year-old became the first Honda rider to top qualifying since Jonathan Rea at Imola in 2014.

Van der Mark led the way in the early stages of the second Superpole session and was the last to improve in the dying minutes.

He stole the lead from Tom Sykes with his penultimate effort and, while the Briton failed to improve on his final lap, Van der Mark went even quicker to claim the pole by two tenths.

Sykes had to settle for third, having been beaten by Jonathan Rea as well, the Kawasaki teammates setting identical times.

Having been the leader after the mid-session pit stops, Ducati's Chaz Davies eventually dropped back to fourth, followed by Sylvain Guintoli (Yamaha) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati).

The second Yamaha of Alex Lowes took seventh, narrowly edging out Nicky Hayden (Honda), as the top 10 was completed by the Althea BMWs of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

Superpole 2 Times:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 Netherlands Michael van der Mark  Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:33.452
2 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.671
3 United Kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.671
4 United Kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:33.844
5 France Sylvain Guintoli  Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1:33.866
6 Italy Davide Giugliano  Ducati Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:33.983
7 United Kingdom Alex Lowes  Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1:34.371
8 United States Nicky Hayden  Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:34.416
9 Germany Markus Reiterberger  Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR 1:34.796
10 Spain Jordi Torres  Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR 1:34.859
11 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Milwaukee BMW BMW S1000 RR 1:34.958
12 Italy Matteo Baiocco  VFT Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1:35.513

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Series World Superbike
Event Buriram
Track Chang International Circuit
Drivers Michael van der Mark
Teams Honda World Superbike Team
Article type Qualifying report