Van der Mark thrown in at the deep end
Yamaha World Superbike star Michael van der Mark will go into the weekend as a rookie with no previous Motogp experience – but says that he realises the size of the task ahead of him.
He said: “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to ride the YZR-M1 at Aragon. I’ve never ridden a Motogp bike before, so this will be a new experience. I’m very curious to see what it feels like to ride on such a machine. I realise that it won’t be easy going straight into an official practice session without any prior testing. Nevertheless, I’m very grateful to Yamaha for the opportunity.”
And while many expected test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga to step into the Italian’s shoes and not the rookie WSB racer, Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says that the opportunity is in part a reward for van der Mark’s Suzuka 8-Hour performance earlier this year.
Jarvis added: “It is never easy to step in and even more difficult to replace Valentino, but we believe that Michael has the credentials to do a good job.”
It’s a big opportunity for VDM