Michael van der Mark has been on the sidelines since fracturing his femur back in April at his home round in the Netherlands. But BMW are now expecting him back in action at the next WorldSBK round.
Michael van der Mark is expected to be back on his ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK bike in two weeks time in the Czech Republic. This would be the Dutch riders first time back on his WorldSBK machine since the final race of the weekend at the Dutch round of the season.
van der Mark broke his femur at his home round of the season earlier on this year, adding another injury to his extensive list over the last two seasons. So far in 2023 van der Mark has taken part in nine races and has 19 points to his name.
The ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team now expect van der Mark to be back on track for them at Most, if he passes the medical checks beforehand. However, the Dutch rider has been on track at Assen since picking up the injury but not in a race or on his WorldSBK machine.
At Donington Park earlier this year van der Mark spoke about his return to the track for the first time after picking up his injury: "It was nice to be back out on a bike. Riding the bike is not that hard for me, especially at Assen, but for the body it was still a bit tough. I enjoyed it. I just want to ride the bike because that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. There’s no pressure from BMW. They want me to be 100% fit and I think I’m pretty close."
While the Dutch rider seemingly has a contract for 2024 now would be the perfect time to make his WorldSBK return, if he is fit enough. Currently the partner to Toprak Razgatlioglu in the ROKiT BMW Motorrad squad is unknown for 2024, but it seems Scott Redding holds all the cards.
There have been rumours that van der Mark will drop to the Bonovo Action BMW WorldSBK Team if Redding stays at BMW. However, the Bonovo ride may no longer be a certainty with Loris Baz impressing over the weekend at Imola. So a return to racing will be crucial for van der Mark if he wishes to stay with BMW in 2024.