Motorcycle driver Michael van der Mark continues his career at BMW in 2021, reports the German manufacturer Thursday. The 27-year-old Gouwenaar comes over from competitor Yamaha, where he had already announced his departure on Tuesday after four seasons.
Like Yamaha, BMW competes in the superbike championship. The German manufacturer returned to the World Superbike Championship in 2019 after a long absence.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael to BMW,” said Shaun Muir, director of the BMW superbike team. “He has a wealth of experience and is one of the youngest, most talented riders on the field.”
Van der Mark made his debut in the World Superbike Championship in 2015. He drove for Honda in the first two years before moving to Yamaha. In the service of the Japanese team, he booked three Grand Prix victories and twenty podium places. On the Yamaha motorcycle he also rode twice in MotoGP, the premier class in motorsport.
At Yamaha, Van der Mark had his best year in the superbike championship in 2018 with a third place in the World Cup rankings.
Van der Mark is fifth in the World Cup position
This season Van der Mark got off the starting blocks reasonably well. In the first three motos he finished next to the podium. After two fourth and one fifth places on Philip Island in Australia, he occupies fifth place in the World Cup.
After those races, the season was halted due to the corona crisis. The aim is to resume the championship in Jerez in Spain in early August. After that, seven more rounds are on the program. No new date has yet been found for the GP in Assen.