At the start of Monday in Australia, it was officially confirmed that Michael van der Mark will get a second chance at a MotoGP debut after being called-up by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman had been due to stand in for the injured Valentino Rossi at Aragon, only for the nine-time world champion to make an early return from his broken leg.

van der Mark was expected to be given a MotoGP test as a consolation, but did not have to wait long for another race opportunity.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a suspected recurrence of the energy-sapping Epstein Barr virus.

Yamaha test rider Kohta Nozane was a last-minute stand-in for Motegi, with local rider Broc Parkes stepping in at Phillip Island this weekend, when van der Mark is competing in the Jerez WorldSBK round.

But the former World Supersport champion is free for the following Sepang race and may also be needed at next month's Valencia finale.

“It goes without saying that I am really excited. I came quite close to getting the opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike a few weeks ago, but it didn't work out,” van der Mark said. “Then Hervé called, and although I will have a busy schedule, I could not say no to this chance. I am very happy and I look forward to this adventure.

“Luckily, I know Sepang, but the MotoGP riders have done a lot of tests there this year, so everyone will be fast. However, I just want to enjoy this weekend, to improve myself and see how it is to ride the YZR-M1.

“At the moment, we have some good momentum in WorldSBK so I think it is the perfect time to jump on the Yamaha. I look forward to riding the bike and I want to thank Hervé and Yamaha for this opportunity.”

van der Mark stepped up to WorldSBK with Ten Kate Honda in 2015, claiming eight podiums by the time he moved to Yamaha at the start of this season. The triple Suzuka 8 Hours winner has taken two podiums on the R1 and currently holds sixth in the world championship.

The 24-year-old will be the first Dutch rider since Jurgen van den Goorbergh in 2005 to race in MotoGP.


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