Michael van der Mark says he is hoping he can learn from new Ten Kate Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden after the former MotoGP World Champion confirmed his move to World Superbikes for the 2016 season.

The Dutchman is nearing the end of his maiden World Superbike Championship season having accumulated three podiums with one round remaining, placing him seventh in the overall standings.

Having signed a two-year deal with Honda ahead of the 2015 season, the Suzuka 8 Hours winner will remain with the Ten Kate Racing squad next season and will be joined by Hayden, who has confirmed his move to the series after 12 years at MotoGP level.

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Already turning his attentions to 2016, van der Mark is looking forward to welcoming the American on board for next season and challenging for his first WSBK wins.

"I'm really looking forward to 2016 already," he said. "This season we have made a lot of progress with the CBR and I think that taking my experience on the bike from every track will be a very good base to start from. We've really improved the bike even more over the last couple of rounds and that has put us close to the front, which is what we've been aiming for throughout the year.

"The next target of course is a victory but I think that in my second season on the CBR I can be confident that we can make some more podiums and fight for wins. I'm happy to hear that Nicky will be my team-mate next year and I think we'll be able to learn a lot from each other during the season.