Van der Mark thrown in at the deep end

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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

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