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Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Michael van der Mark produced a fine performance as he battled against the turbulent weather at the Sepang International Circuit. The young Dutch rider began the Grand Prix from the 8th row, but he immediately stuck into a formidable rhythm as he pushed through the field. He crossed the finish line in 16th, and ahead of several seasoned MotoGP regulars to close a positive, yet challenging, debut weekend aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Monster Yamaha Tech3 would like to thank Michael for his efforts.

Michael van der Mark – Position: 16th “I am really happy with today’s result, even though it was typical Malaysia and just before the race commenced, it rained again! The team and I changed the bike considerably compared to Friday when it was wet and we went softer on the rear. I had quite a good start, and the first half of the GP went very positively as I followed the guys in front of me and I fought with a lot of riders.”

“I’m pleased with my performance, even if I wasn’t completely happy with the bike, but it was only my second time on the YZR-M1 in the wet. In my eyes, to fight for the points and follow Maverick was really amazing. When it dried a little bit, I struggled slightly more than him, yet, I could run a similar pace. I think I lacked a bit of confidence with the turning of the bike, otherwise, I may have been able to stay with the big group in front of me. I hoped to catch them with Maverick, but I also wanted to finish the race, which I did. Overall, I enjoyed the weekend a lot and my first experience with the YZR-M1 was just amazing.”

  • Jeroen Stins | Oct 29, 2017 at 13:41

    Congratiolations with your MotoGP debute Michael! 16th place in these conditions en in your first appearance, just a great job! You made us dutch feel proud again after so many years. Hope to see you soon in the MotoGP again. Best of luck!

  • Jan van der Meij | Oct 29, 2017 at 18:52

    Great job Michael. I really enjoyed watching the race and seeing you finish 16th. Fingers crossed and thumbs up for Valencia.

  • Alex | Oct 30, 2017 at 20:29

    Congratulations Michael, really a joy to see you compete at world league!!

  • Hans Janssen | Nov 1, 2017 at 21:38

    Watched all practice sessions, qualifying and the race live on Saw you moving up and down the ladder. Great performance for a first weekend on a GP bike. We all know you from doing excellent in WSBK. Butl getting to understand the behavior of a GP bike with different weight, brakes, power band, electronics, tires etc. etc. and all of that in various weather/track conditions. Very very impressive! Good luck in Valencia.