Sport "Wrong decision" - Yamaha about Michael van der Mark move to BMW
WSBK Estoril: Emotional victory for Chaz Davies in the Ducati farewell race
© Motorsport Images Chaz Davies presented himself in top form at the Ducati farewell Ducati factory driver Chaz Davies won the final race of the WSBK season in Estoril. Davies prevailed confidently against team-mate Scott Redding. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) completed the podium. Jonathan Rea fell during the race. The world champion finished a mixed weekend in Estoril with a 14th place. And Kawasaki team-mate Alex Lowes also fell.
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."
Liverpool will be vulnerable without their Van Dijk security blanket
Jurgen Klopp was fidgety and frustrated and in one of those moods when it is hard to get him to engage. The tipping point came when he was asked about Mohamed Salah scoring his 100th Liverpool goal.The tipping point came when he was asked about Mohamed Salah scoring his 100th Liverpool goal, with a quite beautiful finish. The inquisitor’s intention was to get some kind of positivity from Klopp but this was absolutely not the moment.
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."
Michael van der Mark celebrates with Paul Denning
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.
"No malicious intent" - Yamaha on the controversy over the M1 engines .
© Motorsport Images The use of different valves resulted in a penalty On Thursday evening the world motorcycle association FIM confirmed that Yamaha would be fined for the use of unapproved valves . In the manufacturer rating, Yamaha was deducted 50 points. In addition, the works team and the customer team Petronas points in the team evaluation are deducted ( more info ). On Friday, Yamaha released a first official statement on the controversy surrounding the M1 engines.