Michael van der Mark is not a name that is widely known in the world of MotoGP. Who is actually the new rider appointed Yamaha as Valentino Rossi's temporary replacement.
Because Rossi is certainly still absent in Aragon MotoGP, Yamaha has appointed riders to become a partner Maverick Vinales. Designated to ride Yamaha YZR-M1 is Michael van der Mark.
Who is he?
Michael van der Mark was born October 26, 1992 (24 years). He currently ranks in Superbike World Championship strengthening Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team.
Until the nine races that have been undertaken this season, Van der Mark is still sitting in seventh position standings. He has yet to win, with the best finish of fourth.
The Dutch rider started his racing career in the Grand Prix series. He recorded three seasons appearing in the 125cc class (2008 to 2010) and up the class to Moto2 in 2011.
Travel racing then continues to Supersport World Championship in the period 2012 to 2014. While his participation in the Superbike starts in 2015 with Honda.
"I am excited about the opportunity to drive the YZR-M1 in the Aragon MotoGP series I have never ridden a MotoGP bike before, so this will be a totally new experience for me," van der Mark said.
"I am curious to look forward to what it feels like to drive that machine, I realize it will not be easy to go down in practice without a test first, however I am grateful to Yamaha for this opportunity I am sure it will be a great learning experience."