McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie will be waiting in the wings on Friday at Donington’s WorldSBK round in case Michael van der Mark is unable to ride.
The Dutchman suffered a broken wrist in a crash right at the end of Misano’s second practice and after undergoing surgery, didn’t think he could ride this weekend but is going to try.
Van der Mark still has to be passed fit by medics tomorrow before he can see if his wrist is strong enough for the Leicestershire track.
“I knew as soon as I’d had the surgery on the wrist that a return to racing at Donington Park was a possibility, so that’s what I’ve been working towards since. I haven’t lost any strength in the wrist, which was my main concern,” said van der Mark.
“The movement is still slightly restricted, but I’ve been having physiotherapy since Misano to improve this. It has hardly impacted on my training and I’ve been able to train with the same intensity as I did before the injury, so I hope to be passed fit to ride this weekend.
“It’s good to have Tarran there on standby, as the medical assessment and actually racing the bike are two very different things. I will only really know if I’m fit to race, rather than just fit to ride, after FP1 on Friday.”