Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
The eighth race weekend of the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Magny-Cours (FRA) drew to a close on Sunday with the Superpole race and race two. Michael van der Mark (NED) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team finished sixth and eighth on his BMW M 1000 RR. His team-mate Tom Sykes (GBR) was twelfth in the Superpole race and went on to finish tenth in race two.
Sunday at Magny-Cours began with the warm-up in the morning, in which Sykes and van der Mark were fourth and ninth. That was followed by the Superpole race. After a strong qualifying, Sykes again started from third on the grid, with van der Mark ninth.
Sykes initially established his position in the leading group at the start of the Superpole race, however fell back to eleventh place on lap two. Van der Mark gradually worked his way through the field and was running fifth at the halfway point, before dropping a position. The Dutchman ended the ten-lap sprint in sixth place, which put him on the second row of the grid for race two on Sunday afternoon. Sykes came home twelfth, which earned him tenth place on the grid for the second race.
Van der Mark made a strong start to race two and found himself in fourth place for a brief spell but dropped back to sixth place on lap six when he was touched by a rival whilst battling for fourth place, the Dutchman just able to avoid crashing. He showed great fighting spirit to battle back towards the front of the field, but was no longer able to attack in the second half of the race. Van der Mark dropped back to eighth place, a position he held on to through to the finish. Sykes endured a difficult start, after which he was lagging in 18th place. However, he fought his way back to 14th on the opening lap. By the end of lap seven, he was running in tenth place – a position he maintained through to the end of the 21-lap race.