Michael van der Mark will compete with a re-built Honda CBR1000RR after his PATA team opted for an overhaul to cure ongoing electrical issues.

The defending World Supersport Champion has endured mixed fortunes in his first season of World Superbike racing, peaking with his pair of podiums on home soil at Assen, but has struggled with inconsistencies on the bike all season stemming from persistent electronic problems.

As a result, Honda took the summer break as an opportunity to entirely rebuild his bike and change the layout of the electrical components in a bid to get him more comfortable on the machine, as well as enact a change in his personnel.

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"We've spent the last few weeks working on a re-build of Mikey's CBR and changing the layout of the electrical components," said technical co-ordiinator Peter Breddels. "Basically, he had a problem in Sepang that has plagued him earlier in the season so we've addressed the issue completely and hopefully we can avoid any recurrence.

"We have also had a change in personnel on his side of the garage, so hopefully this will be a positive return for him to the circuit where he won his World Supersport title last season."

With three rounds of the season remaining, van der Mark is hoping to enjoy a flourish in the final events of what he acknowledges has been a 'mixed' debut in the series.

"It's been a mixed first year learning to ride the Superbike with some good results but also some technical issues which have made things difficult sometimes. The guys have had some time back at the workshop since Sepang and I know they've been working hard at eliminating the problem.

"I'm really looking forward to riding again at Jerez. As Sylvain's results also showed, the bike worked very well at Sepang which has not been a great circuit for us before, so we are optimistic for this weekend."