EXCLUSIVE: Michael van der Mark - Breaking rookie rules

For many of today's world championship riders they start racing when they were four or five years old. Michael entered the fray a little later.

“Before I did some karting and some competitions. Then I went to the TT at Assen a few times and when I was twelve I said to my father “I would like to go racing”. He said ok and we go and I started in a standard class and then an Aprilia 125 for 2 years.”

He continued racing 125GPs in Holland and Spain and after a handful of wildcard rides at Assen, he joined the Lambretta Reparto Corse outfit. He only lasted 7 races on the hopelessly underpowered machine and he and the team parted ways mid-way through the season.

He also has the distinction of having tasted the fiery competition in the Moto 2 class, still when his experience and the class were in their infancy in 2011. He entered his home race aboard a Ten Kate designed machine and finished a credible 22nd. Is riding in the Grand Prix classes an aim of his?

“I don't know, it's really difficult to be at the front in Moto 2 and it's a difficult class. I just want to be fast here and in a few years we'll see but at the moment I don't want to think about it and a different bike.”

We worked a lot on the suspension and some electronics. During the weekend at Phillip Island just before the [Aragon] race we made a change with the electronics and during the test we wanted to try something with this.”

Casting his eye across the competition Michael is under no illusions who his main competitors will be. “Sam and Kenan definitely, but Morais every day is fast and don't forget Scassa, but the two guys at the front are always there. With World Supersport it's always unexpected.”

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VD Mark, Foret, Scassa, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
VD Mark, Aragon WSS Race 2013
Roberto Rolfo, Lucas Mahias, Photo Finish, [Credit: Dorna]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kenan Sofuoglu, World Supersport [Credit: Kenan Sofuoglu]
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Kyle Smith on the Pata Honda at Phillip Island
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark celebrates podium finish at Phillip Island
Pata Honda`s Michael van der Mark during testing at Phillip Island
Vittorio Iannuzzo
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]
Parkes, Scassa, Lowes, Australian WSS Race 2011

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