Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis has this morning announced that Michael Van Der Mark will stand-in for Valentino Rossi at the Aragon MotoGP round.
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider has no previous MotoGP experience but will be backed by Rossi’s usual team. The Doctor is expected to be back for Japan’s Twin-Ring Motegi race in October.
“Following Valentino’s crash, Yamaha decided not to replace him at the San Marino Grand Prix, but for the next Grand Prix in Aragón the team is obliged to enter two riders. It being virtually impossible for Valentino to be fit to race in Aragón, Yamaha decided to search for a capable replacement from within its own pool of contracted riders,” said Jarvis.
“Having previously used Katsuyuki Nakasuga to fill in for Jorge Lorenzo in 2011 and Alex Lowes to replace Bradley Smith in 2016, we decided that Michael van der Mark should have the opportunity this time around. It is never easy to step in to replace another rider and even more difficult to replace Valentino Rossi, but we believe that Michael has all the credentials and experience to do a good job.
“We will give him our very best support and wish him every success for this exciting opportunity. We also hope that Valentino will continue to make a rapid recovery and that we will see him again, back on his YZR-M1, on the earliest possible occasion.”