Injured Michael van der Mark (NED) has decided to not participate in the 2022 season opener of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at MotorLand Aragón (ESP) this coming weekend.
The works rider for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had surgery last week on the leg fracture he suffered in a training accident with his mountain bike and now focuses on his full recovery.
BMW Motorrad works rider Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) already stood in for van der Mark at the recent Barcelona test and will do again at the final examinations and the season opener.
Van der Mark
Van der Mark said: “It has been a difficult decision, but unfortunately. I will not try to ride at MotorLand Aragón. At this moment, we have to be innovative and stay calm because this is the only way forward in my recovery.
I miss working with the team and riding my BMW M 1000 RR, but my goal is to be fit again as soon as possible.”
After testing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Barcelona (ESP). Mikhalchik headed to Le Mans (FRA) to prepare with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team for the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC).
This weekend, he competes with the easy race BMW Team in the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP). And will then head to MotorLand Aragón in time for the final WorldSBK tests that will take place tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday.
via Press BMW Motorrad