Michael Van Der Mark of Gouda, the Netherlands, started competing internationally in the European Superstock 600 Championship in 2011, which he won the following year before moving to World Supersport. After a strong first year in the category, Van der Mark was crowned Supersport World Champion in 2014 with 10 podiums in 11 races, including 6 wins.
In 2013 and 2014 he was one of the winners of the prestigious 8 Hours of Suzuka along with Takumi Takahashi and Leon Haslam, both on a Honda saddle. He made the jump to WorldSBK in 2015 with Ten Kate Racing, getting 3 podiums in his year as a rookie, including a double podium in the home races at Assen. The Dutchman applied what he learned in his strong season as Rookie in his second campaign with the Honda World Superbike Team, where he finished in fourth position following six podium finishes. This year he has a new adventure with his jump to the Pata Yamaha Official Team SBK, where he aims to fight regularly with the top riders and to improve on his best result of second position in the top class.