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WorldSBK Assen | van der Mark determined to see BMW project through

Michael van der Mark says he wants to remain with BMW in the WorldSBK Championship beyond his current deal, declaring that he wants to see out the project they started.

The Dutchman made the high-profile switch from Yamaha to BMW for the 2020 WorldSBK season but has endured a trying time as the German manufacturer battles to improve competitiveness of its package.

Despite the introduction of the race-bred M 1000 RR package in 2021 - which was then heavily updated for this season - BMW continues to trail the WorldSBK ‘big three’ of Yamaha, Ducati and Kawasaki, though in 2021 van der Mark did claim its first win since 2012 in the wet Portimao Superpole Race.


Having destroyed his 2022 WorldSBK campaign with two serious injuries, van der Mark says he wants to stay at BMW to increase the momentum he needs to push the manufacturer closer to the front.

“I want to stay with BMW for sure, we started this project and unfortunately we didn’t get the results that we wanted for different reasons - one of the reasons was my injury, which cost us a whole year. 

“I want to improve this project, to start winning with this project, so hopefully we can stay together.”

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