As anticipated, Michael Van Der Mark will race with BMW in the next 2021 Superbike World Championship.
For years VD Mark has been considered as one of the best talents in the production-based racing series. The Dutchman, now twenty-seven, was Supersport World Champion in 2014 before moving on to SBK.
To date, van der Mark has scored 20 podiums for Yamaha, including two wins at Donington Park in 2018 and one at Jerez in 2019. In the World Championship he finished 6th, 3rd and 4th overall for the Japanese manufacturer , and lies 5th after three races in the 2020 season. VDM also won the world’s most important endurance race for the Japanese manufacturers: the eight-hour race at Suzuka in 2017 and 2018.
In 2021, therefore, Michael van der Mark will compete for BMW. It has not yet been decided whether he will be Tom Sykes' or Eugene Laverty's teammate: one of the two will have to leave the team after the 2020 season.
“We are very pleased about our agreement with Michael, who has developed very strongly in the Superbike World Championship in recent years,” said Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director. “We are convinced that Michael is an asset to our project, and together, in combination with the strong package we can offer him, we can reach the next level in terms of results.”
“Michael brings a wealth of experience and is one of the youngest, most talented riders on the WorldSBK grid,” added Team Principal Shaun Muir. “Securing Michael’s services emphasis the focus and determination we have to compete for top honours, and we will give Michael every chance to reach that goal.”