Van der Mark anticipating first season

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The Pata Honda rider gave a good account of himself during pre-season testing at Phillip Island, finishing ninth overall and setting a best time of 1minute 31.845 seconds.

However, the Dutchman is looking forward to doing even better when the season kicks off in Australia.

He was quoted by "I'm really excited now because I love racing more than testing!

"I think everyone's the same but we needed this test and I have a good feeling now. Most of the time for me has been making laps, and lap-by-lap I've improved. 

"It's quite difficult – everyone is really fast and I'm still learning, but that's the way we have to do it. 

"We've had two quite good days and tried a lot of things and we've seen which things work and which things don't, so I'm looking forward to starting the race weekend.”