Michael van der Mark says he will go into his first season of World Superbike racing with an open mind as he looks to make the successful transition from the Supersport class.

The Dutchman, who has progressed through the junior ranks with Ten Kate Racing, steps up to the Superbike class alongside defending champion Sylvain Guintoli in 2015 after dominating the World Supersport Championship.

Hoping to become the first World Supersport Champion to win a Superbike race since Chaz Davies, van der Mark admits he is still finding his feet on the bike, in particular the more sophisticated electronics.

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"I'm in the same team as last year but, after winning the World Supersport title, I had to make another step and, for me, that was World Superbike," he said. "It's maybe a little easier for me because I have the same team, but I still have to get used to the bigger CBR and its more sophisticated electronics and find a good set-up.

"I think the biggest challenge for me and everyone is the new regulations. At the moment the bike feels really good but we'll have to see where it is after the first few races."

Tipped by top brass at Honda to become a regular top six challenger in 2015 before launching a title tilt in 2016, van der Mark nonetheless says he is refusing to put any particular pressure on himself.

"I have to learn a lot, of course, but I don't put any pressure on myself - I just want to do my best, make forward steps and see where we can get to. The weather hasn't been great at the two tests we've had this year but my feeling with the CBR is much better than my first outing at Jerez.

"Together with Sylvain, I think we have a great team. He brings a lot of experience as last year's world champion, but I think we can learn from each other and that's what we've been doing in the tests."