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Reviews BMW M1000RR vs. Yamaha R1: How Michael Van Me the Mark has to change

15:41  19 july  2021
15:41  19 july  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Michael van der Mark brings with valuable experiences of Yamaha: BMW better recognizes which areas on the M1000RR still need to be improved

with the commitment of Michael Van The Mark sucked BMW a big coup last year. In the winter, the Dutchman brought valuable experiences of Yamaha to BMW and helped the engineers in developing the M1000RR. Van der Mark reached his first top 3 result with BMW in Donington. He also showed what it's still hapert and what works well with the M1000RR.

"Each motorcycle concept has advantages, but also disadvantages," BMW Motorcycle Sport Director Marc Bongers talks to 'Motorsport.com' and reveals which impressions van der Mark has passed on.

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"He has meant, for example, that you can run the Yamaha better in the curves on the brake. That was missing him at the BMW, but there one can reach a lot with the geometry and the vote of the damper. He has it The Yamaha loved, "describes Bongers and adds:" We have to reproduce that for him. "

Michael van der Mark © Provil by Motorsport.com Michael Van der Mark

Michael Van der Mark drove from 2017 to 2020 for Yamaha

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"Of course, he must also easily adapt to the BMW. On the other hand, he said that it said it It is very nice if you can overtake on the straight line, "Bongers suggests the benefit benefit of the BMW compared to Yamaha.

van der Mark's start in the first season with BMW was plagued by some obstacles. At the tests before the start of the season, the former Yamaha pilot could not sit in scene at peak times. The preparation time before the prelude in Aragon was also very limited due to the test restrictions.

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Marc Bongers © Provil by Motorsport.com Marc Bongers

Motorcycle Sport Director Marc Bongers wants to bring BMW to the top

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"Michael had not had much time on the motorcycle in front of Aragon. He tested only seven days before the first Event. He had the problem to build trust for the front wheel. In Aragon among the mixing conditions we could put him on the bike so that he could build trust. He has also been able to get this trust on drying route ", reports BMW motorcycle sport director Marc Bongers.

"In the second race, it did not look like that as if he had no confidence in the motorcycle," refers to Bongers on the top 5 result in difficult conditions. "We have come pretty far there. In comparison with Tom Sykes we had to fix many problems with Michael Van the Mark but with the first tests many problems we had already done with Tom."

with image material from Motorsport Images .

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