Michael van der Mark has ruled himself out of making his MotoGP debut this weekend at Assen despite speculation he was set to fill in for the injured Karel Abraham.

According to Dutch website Racesport.nl the 22-year-old, who claimed two WSBK podiums for Pata Honda at Assen this year and will be teaming-up with Casey Stoner and Takumi Takahashi for the Suzuka 8 Hours, was "almost certain" to replace the injured Abraham at his home event.

However, the Honda rider has confirmed via Twitter he will not be racing this weekend at Assen despite making himself available to the team.

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Abraham suffered a foot injury last time in Catalunya leaving him unfit to ride his Open class Honda. His AB Motoracing team is yet to name his official replacement with just two days until free practice one of the Dutch GP on Thursday.

It is believed that the van der Mark has been denied a shot at a MotoGP debut due to a disagreement on costs between the two parties.


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Yesterday Wilco Zeelenberg told that he will go talk to dorna and try to make something happen!

It's a dumb decision, the media exposure would be good. vd Mark is a prospect of Honda and Cardion AB are afraid that he would crash? So Aodrama didn't have any spills when he replaced Dani? Oh boy, mr. Abraham bring your defribilators with you when heading to Assen with Aodrama mounting your bike. I'm afraid you will suffer a shocker with Aodrama riding that bike. You know how it works when you bite the fingers of the hand that feeds you Mr Abraham. This is for certain the most dumbest decision I've ever seen. Even the rain tyres mounted in the wrong direction in the Moto2 class wasn't that stupid compared to this....