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 crown in only his second attempt, 2012. Instantly moving up to the World Supersport Championship, he had the same performance as he took the title in his second season with ten podiums in 11 races, including six wins.
Making the jump to WorldSBK in 2015, he partnered reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli on the Honda and took three podiums in his rookie year. Another solid season with Honda followed alongside 2006 GP Champion Nicky Hayden, 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 in his first year, followed by 10 in 2018 (which earned him third position in the standings), including a brilliant double win at Donington Park. Another single win in Jerez followed in 2019, in a positive year only slightly marred by a wrist injury suffered in Misano. Van der Mark won a race in 2020 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, his final win for Yamaha before switching to BMW in 2021.
2022 proved to be a difficult year for van der Mark. A pre-season injury forced him to miss the season-opening Aragon Round and, while he returned on home soil at Assen, a crash in Estoril left him on the sidelines until the French Round after the summer break. With plenty of time to recover, what can a fully fit van der Mark achieve on the M 1000 RR in 2023?
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