News 5 Jul 2019

Injured van der Mark attempting Donington Park return

Factory Yamaha pilot hopeful to race this weekend with broken radius.

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Just two weeks after violently high-siding and subsequently fracturing his right radius, Michael van der Mark will attempt to line-up this weekend at Donington Park’s eighth round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship in Great Britain.

Immediately undergoing surgery, the Dutchman always believed this weekend’s British round was a possibility, however all will be determined following the opening practice session on Friday.

If van der Mark isn’t at an adequate level to race, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK squad has British Superbike regular Tarran Mackenzie on standby for a fill-in role.

“I knew as soon as I’d had the surgery on the wrist that a return to racing at Donington Park was a possibility, so that’s what I’ve been working towards since,” van der Mark explained. “I haven’t lost any strength in the wrist, which was my main concern. The movement is still slightly restricted, but I’ve been having physiotherapy since Misano to improve this.

“It has hardly impacted on my training and I’ve been able to train with the same intensity as I did before the injury, so I hope to be passed fit to ride this weekend.

“It’s good to have Tarran there on standby, as the medical assessment and actually racing the bike are two very different things. I will only really know if I’m fit to race, rather than just fit to ride, after FP1 on Friday.”

Van der Mark is currently ranked third in the championship standings despite missing all three races at Misano.