News 12 Apr 2019

Van der Mark hopeful of repaying fans in home Assen WorldSBK

Factory Yamaha contender aiming for podium result this weekend.

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Dutchman Michael van der Mark is hopeful of repaying his fans with a podium finish in his home round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Assen in The Netherlands this weekend.

The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official challenger acknowledges there are added pressures of racing in front of a home crowd, however he appreciates the support and is beaming with confidence heading into the weekend.

“I can’t wait to get this weekend started,” van der Mark expressed. “The home race brings some added pressure, as you can feel the expectations of the crowd, but I always enjoy racing in Assen.

“It’s a special race, always really busy with a lot of fans and I really appreciate their support. I head into the Assen round confident that I can fight for the podium and, hopefully, I can repay the fans for the support I always get at home by giving them something to cheer about in the three races this weekend.”

The number 60 is ranked fourth in the championship standings as Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) leads the points with with an undefeated winning streak.