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Van Der Mark Interview: “There was a big misunderstanding”

Van Der Mark Interview: “There was a big misunderstanding”

Pata Honda World Superbike Team rider and reigning WSS champion, Michael Van Der Mark, discusses why he didn’t ride at the Motul TT Assen.

In an interview with Michael van der Mark discusses why he didn’t replace Karel Abraham at the Dutch GP and also a possible future career in MotoGP™:

Last week, it was reported that you would make your MotoGP debut at Assen, having agreed to replace the injured Karel Abraham at the AB Motoracing team. It didn’t come to fruition. What happened?
“I think there was a big misunderstanding. It was the team’s decision. It’s all about budget. HRC (Honda Racing Corporation), Honda Europe and my team agreed with me that I would ride at the weekend, but the team decided not to take any risks about crashing, so I couldn’t do anything about it.”

If circumstances allow for it, could it happen later in the season?
“I’m available [laughs]!”

You have said your plan is to use Year 1 for learning before winning the World Superbike title in Year 2. You have also expressed your dreams about MotoGP. Imagine you win the WorldSBK title in 2016…should we expect MotoGP in 2017?
“I’m a young rider. I think every young rider has a dream to get into MotoGP. We will see what happens. If there is a good possibility, I will go. If not, I will stay in World Superbike because I enjoy it here.”

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MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Michael Van Der Mark

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