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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes are ready to return to action for round ten of the 2017 FIM World Superbike Championship in Portimao after a month’s break since the last race in Germany. Van der Mark is looking to impress after it was announced he will be Valentino Rossi’s replacement for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team at Aragon.

Van der Mark is excited to get back to action at one of the few tracks on the calendar he has previously ridden his Yamaha R1, following the team’s pre-season Portimao test. The 24-year-old Dutch rider secured some vital championship points last time out in Germany despite a challenging weekend and has been buoyed by the news that he will get a chance to ride Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha M1 at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón on the 22nd-24th of September for the factory Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team, as the nine-time World Champion recovers from injury.

Portimao is one of van der Mark’s favourite tracks and he is fully focused on continuing the progress he has made during his first season with the Pata Yamaha team. He is currently seventh in the championship standings with 135 points, just 11 points behind the rider in sixth.

After the weekend, the team will stay on at Portimao on Monday for an official one-day test.

Michael van der Mark: “After a difficult weekend at the Lausitzring, I am looking forward to Portimao a lot. We had a good test there during the winter, so I have experience of riding at the circuit on the Yamaha R1 already and it is also one of my favourite tracks. It’s always a difficult track to setup the bike because it is such a unique circuit, and incorporates lots of different requirements over the lap, but that’s also why I like it so much. Obviously, I am excited about the opportunity Yamaha has given me in Aragon but I am fully focused now on me and my R1 performing well at Portimao – I’m looking forward to getting into the fight with the top guys this weekend.”