Hailing from Gouda in The Netherlands, Michael van der Mark had a strong start to his career in the World Superbike paddock as he took the European Superstock 600 Championship in only his second season, 2011. Instantly moving up to the World Supersport Championship, he had the same performance as he took the title in his second season with 10 podiums in 11 races and 6 wins.
In 2013, 2014 and 2016 he made history as he won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour, first with Honda and last year with Yamaha. Making the jump to WorldSBK in 2015, he partnered Nicky Hayden on the Honda and took three podiums in his rookie year. Another solid season with Honda followed, ending in fourth overall before making the jump over to Yamaha in 2017. Working hard with his new team, he was able to take three podium finishes with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, and for 2018 will be aiming to make that leap up and fight for the victory in WorldSBK.