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Sport "Wrong decision" - Yamaha about Michael van der Mark move to BMW

16:00  28 october  2020
16:00  28 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Yamaha team manager Paul Denning is critical of Michael van der Mark's move to BMW and regrets that the Dutchman has left the team

Michael van der Mark will be in compete for the BMW works team in the WSBK season 2021. After four years at Yamaha, Van der Mark is looking for a new challenge. At BMW he meets Tom Sykes. After two years with the S1000RR, BMW is launching a new base model for 2021 with the M1000RR. Yamaha team manager Paul Denning doubts Van der Mark made the right decision.

"He made the wrong decision for his career", Denning comments in an interview with 'Motorsport.com'. "It was the wrong decision to try to become world champion. But who knows. If the team takes a big step and the bike turns out to be fantastic, you can't be sure."

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Van der Mark has been driving the R1 at Yamaha since the 2017 season and clinched a total of four race wins. "It was a successful time, not only because of the successes in the Superbike World Championship. I am also thinking of the victories at the 8-hour race in Suzuka," said Denning.

"Michael integrated very well into the team. And when a driver integrates well, it is easier for the team to support him well. Michael's greatest quality is that he calms down quickly when he is annoyed", praised Denning adds: "You always know that he gives everything in the races, even if he had a disappointing Friday or Saturday."

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Michael van der Mark celebrates with Paul Denning

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Van der Mark could have achieved significantly more at Yamaha if he hadn't crashed at the Misano race weekend last year would. "The Misano crash last year through no fault of our own was the biggest setback. It wasn't his fault," Denning recalls of the highsider in free practice.

"He broke his hand. The injury affected a lot of races. At that point he was really strong. I think he would have won a lot more races without that fall. That was the only negative experience. Otherwise he kept developing and improving ", Denning looks back. "As a team player and as part of the project, he was really good - on and off the track."

With images from Yamaha.

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