At the start of Monday in Australia, it was officially confirmed that Michael van der Mark will get a second chance at a MotoGP debut after being called-up by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman had been due to stand in for the injured Valentino Rossi at Aragon, only for the nine-time world champion to make an early return from his broken leg.

van der Mark was expected to be given a MotoGP test as a consolation, but did not have to wait long for another race opportunity.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a suspected recurrence of the energy-sapping Epstein Barr virus.

Yamaha test rider Kohta Nozane was a last-minute stand-in for Motegi, with local rider Broc Parkes stepping in at Phillip Island this weekend, when van der Mark is competing in the Jerez WorldSBK round.

But the former World Supersport champion is free for the following Sepang race and may also be needed at next month's Valencia finale.

“It goes without saying that I am really excited. I came quite close to getting the opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike a few weeks ago, but it didn't work out,” van der Mark said. “Then Hervé called, and although I will have a busy schedule, I could not say no to this chance. I am very happy and I look forward to this adventure.

“Luckily, I know Sepang, but the MotoGP riders have done a lot of tests there this year, so everyone will be fast. However, I just want to enjoy this weekend, to improve myself and see how it is to ride the YZR-M1.

“At the moment, we have some good momentum in WorldSBK so I think it is the perfect time to jump on the Yamaha. I look forward to riding the bike and I want to thank Hervé and Yamaha for this opportunity.”

van der Mark stepped up to WorldSBK with Ten Kate Honda in 2015, claiming eight podiums by the time he moved to Yamaha at the start of this season. The triple Suzuka 8 Hours winner has taken two podiums on the R1 and currently holds sixth in the world championship.

The 24-year-old will be the first Dutch rider since Jurgen van den Goorbergh in 2005 to race in MotoGP.


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Good luck Michael! Bet he was gutted when Vale decided to race (but he was very humble about it!)

Good luck make... a thoroughly decent bloke. We'll be cheering for you!

Yes!!! Finaly a Dutchmen back in the motogp if only for one race. Goodluck to magic michael 60. 

Good luck Michael!!

Good luck. Deserves it after Aragon

 a strange decision, given the fact his team-mate is ahead of him in the standings.

Indeed, Alex has generally out performed him over the season.

If you take in account that van der Mark has had a couple of technical problems (one time no start, 2 flat tyres, engine trouble), then van der Mark would be the better rider in the standings. Nonetheless Lowes is a bit faster, but it is his second year on the R1. Van der Mark is young, has the results (champion 600 superstock, champion supersport, multipe podiums superbike, 3 times winner endurance), has made his intentions clear about going tot MOTO GP, and obviously has the right contacts. He's got things going for him!


Does not deserve this opportunity given his current performances. 

It's very easy to understand why VdM got the chance.. Yamaha wants both Superbike boys to have MotoGP experience in case of future replacements or even full time switch.. Alex already got the chance last year and this is the reason he is not getting it this year.. And gap between both Alex and Michael is really small, so they pretty equal in my eyes..

Glad VDM getting a chance on the GP bike after the let down earlier this year.  Good to see a non-Japanese or Spanish rider getting a chance.

I think both the Yamaha WSBK boys have had a good year if you take the mechanical issues out of the equation rather than rider errors.