Yamaha Movistar has rolled out a replacement rider for their injured star rider Valentino Rossi; for the upcoming AragonGP race.
While Rossi broke his leg in an incident which took place during a training session at his Tavullia situated dirt track; he won’t be able to ride a MotoGP bike soon and hence Yamaha Movistar has opted for the 24-year old Dutch rider to accompany the pace he was carrying along.
Michael van der Mark has been racing for Yamaha WSBK since 2017 as he joined the team after leaving Honda. Mark currently stands at 7th position in WSBK and has earlier won Suzuka 8 hour endurance race for Yamaha with team mate Alex Lowes (previous MotoGP rider).
Mark has also won two championships in 2013 & 2014 for Honda and hence seems to be a safe bet for replacement for Rossi as told by team boss, Lin Jarvis. According to Jarvis it’s not easy to replace a rider & when it comes to Rossi; decision became more tough but it was needed to be taken.
On the other end, Mark is super happy of getting such an amazing opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike for the first time in his career. Albeit it’s going to be a tough fight from him as GP is very different from WSBK; we’ll wait for Aragon GP curiously to see him perform Rossi’s duty.