Michael van der Mark will travel to this weekend's Aragon MotoGP unsure if he will be a competitor or spectator.

The Dutchman was called-up to replace the injured Valentino Rossi by the Movistar Yamaha squad but with the Italian rider’s late decision to attempt to race at Aragon the World Superbike star has been placed on standby.

van der Mark will still travel to Aragon and be present throughout the race weekend in case Rossi is forced out by his injury. If Rossi is forced out by his injury the Dutch rider will ‘jump in at the deep end’ by making his MotoGP debut with zero testing time and without at least one free practice session – with the nine-time world champion trying FP1 to see how he feels with his injury.

"Though it remains uncertain if I will get to ride the YZR-M1 this weekend, I'm still looking forward to it," van der Mark said. "While I would like to get to step aboard the YZR-M1, I'm also fully supporting Valentino making his return.

“I'll either get to make my MotoGP debut or, should I not be able to ride, I will get to see Valentino live in action as he makes his comeback.

"I've not been able to ride a MotoGP bike before the Grand Prix kicks off so, if Valentino ends up withdrawing from the Aragón GP, I will have to jump in at the deep end at the start of the next session and just try my best.

"However, after securing my first WorldSBK podium of the 2017 season in Portimão, I'm having a good momentum to step up to the challenge. I want to thank Yamaha again for giving me this opportunity. I'm sure it will be a good experience either way."

van der Mark is fresh from securing his maiden World Superbike rostrum for Yamaha at Portimao last weekend, while he has also completed a full test schedule notching up 83 laps at the Portuguese track on Monday for the Pata Yamaha World Superbike team.



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