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WSBK: van der Mark cool on WSBK, MotoGP rumours

Michael van der Mark could have his pick of the rides in 2015 following his dominant WSS performance and his eye-catching Suzuka 8 Hours win
Michael van der Mark says his focus is solely trained on winning the 2014 World Supersport Championship title as rumours regarding his bright future gather pace.

Having stepped up to the WSS class in 2013 after winning the 2012 European Superstock 600 Championship, van der Mark has been the dominant figure at Supersport level this year, the PATA Honda rider having won four races and three further podiums in eight races.

Competing under the guidance of Ten Kate Racing, van der Mark has emerged as an obvious candidate to step up to the World Superbike Championship with the team in 2015.

However, following on from his second consecutive win in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours, van der Mark's stock within the Honda family is growing, with rumours emerging that he could even be fast-tracked straight to MotoGP on one of the firm's production racers, while Forward Racing has also expressed an interest. Beyond that, van der Mark has also courted attention in the Moto2 ranks.

Despite this, the Dutchman remains coy on where his future lies, insisting it remains his priority to win the WSS title first and foremost.

“My riding style and my height surely suit better a 1000cc bike, but I admit that the one I rode at Suzuka was handling really well and that was a plus. There is nothing really sure at the moment about next year, all I want now is to fulfil my dream and become World Champion.”


Tagged as: PATA Honda , van der Mark

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grantrd

August 13, 2014 9:22 PM

Rea has had offers to leave ten kate but he chose to stay. His decision.... Honda rewarded him with a couple races on Casey stoners bike, many would kill for that! He didn't exactly set the world on fire with it, but it was a great reward none the less...if Rea could do better then he must leave it's up to him.... Seems like all the good rides are taken by either British or Spanish riders now , be nice to have a Dutchman on a top bike....

Spinach

August 15, 2014 2:20 PM

Seeing as though the good rides are all taken in MotoGP, the only real options are Moto2 or WSBK. Personally, I hope he goes WSBK. Agreed with Ten Kate Honda, waste of time. Honda has no interest in winning WSBK right now, and Rea should have jumped ship a long time ago.



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