Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today returned to on-track action for Round 8 of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours, France. This morning’s opening session of the weekend saw mixed conditions with rain in the early stages with most riders opting to sit out the start of FP1. Michael van der Mark was fast out the box for the final moments in FP1 as he set a lap time of 1’38.542, putting him in P2. Tom Sykes in the drying conditions placed himself in P10.
As the afternoon approached track conditions improved which meant we had a full dry session for FP2. Unfortunately, in early stages Sykes suffered a technical issue which lost him some valuable track time. Despite the issue Tom was able to get back out on track to set some fast laps which put him in P6 overall for the day. Teammate van der Mark again had pace in the opening minutes of the practice and was sat in the top 3 places for majority of the session. Unluckily Michael also suffered a technical issue which meant he missed the closing moments in FP2, finishing P10 overall.