Motorcycles Van der Mark to leave Yamaha WSBK squad after 2020

13:57  30 june  2020
13:57  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

WSBK 2021: Michael van der Mark separates from Yamaha

 WSBK 2021: Michael van der Mark separates from Yamaha © LAT Michael van der Mark changes manufacturer in 2021 Michael van der Mark will no longer compete for Yamaha in the upcoming WSBK season. Yamaha officially confirmed this today. Van der Mark has piloted a factory-supported Yamaha R1 since the 2017 season and was the first driver to win a race after Yamaha's return to WSBK. "Yamaha and Michael van der Mark will go their separate ways at the end of the Superbike World Championship season 2020.

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Yamaha has announced that Michael van der Mark will be departing its factory World Superbike outfit at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

a group of people sitting around a baseball field: Michael van Der Mark, Pata Yamaha © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Michael van Der Mark, Pata Yamaha

Dutch rider van der Mark has been part of Yamaha's Crescent Racing-run works WSBK team since the 2017 season, making the move after two years with Honda.

In that time he has achieved three wins and a best championship placement of third in 2018, also helping the Iwata manufacturer to two Suzuka 8 Hours victories in '17 and '18.

After the opening round of the coronavirus-hit 2020 season, van der Mark lies fifth in the standings having taken two fourths and a fifth in the Phillip Island season opener, three points behind new teammate Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Yamaha: Will Jonas Folger succeed Michael van der Mark?

 Yamaha: Will Jonas Folger succeed Michael van der Mark? Michael van der Marks place in the Yamaha factory team is to be filled internally: Ex-MotoGP driver Jonas Folger is one of the potential candidates Michael van der Mark leaves a free place in the Yamaha factory team for the WSBK season 2021 ( for confirmation the separation from Yamaha ). It is open who will succeed the Dutchman. Yamaha would like to look for a successor internally. In addition to the GRT pilots and Loris Baz, Jonas Folger would also be a candidate.

2020 will be van der Mark 's fourth season with the Pata Yamaha squad . The Flying Dutchman is under no illusions as to what is expected of him, but he's certainly up for the challenge, declaring "my ambition with Yamaha s to win races and fight for the title," during preseason testing in Jerez.

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A statement issued by Yamaha said van der Mark was "opting to take on a new challenge in 2021", an apparent reference to the 27-year-old's likely switch to BMW next season.

That would leave incumbent BMW riders Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty fighting for a single free seat in the Shaun Muir Racing-run squad for 2021.

Van der Mark's impending departure follows that of former teammate Alex Lowes, who left the Yamaha camp at the end of last year to join the all-conquering Kawasaki works team.

Since then Lowes' contract has been extended by an additional year, which was followed by confirmation that five-time WSBK champion Jonathan Rea will also be staying on board at Kawasaki for at least another two seasons after this year.

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