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Michael van der Mark harmoniert immer besser mit seiner BMW M1000RR © Motorsport Images Michael Van der Mark is always harmonizing with its BMW M1000RR

with the commitment of Michael van der Mark sucked BMW last year a big coup . In the winter, the Dutchman brought valuable experiences of Yamaha to BMW and helped the engineers in developing the M1000RR. Van der Mark reached his first top 3 result with BMW in Donington. He also showed what it's still hapert and what works well with the M1000RR.

"Each motorcycle concept has advantages, but also disadvantages," notes BMW Motorcycle Sport Director Marc Bongers in conversation with '' and reveals which impressions van der Mark has passed.

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"He has meant, for example, that you can run the Yamaha better in the curves on the brake. That was missing him at the BMW, but there one can reach a lot with the geometry and the vote of the damper. He has it The Yamaha loved, "describes Bongers and adds:" We have to reproduce that for him. "

"Of course, he must also easily adapt to the BMW. On the other hand, he said that it is very nice if you can overtake on the straight line," Bongers suggests the benefit benefit of the BMW compared to Yamaha.

van der Mark's start in the first season with BMW was plagued by some obstacles. At the tests before the start of the season, the former Yamaha pilot could not sit in scene at peak times. The preparation time before the prelude in Aragon was also very limited due to the test restrictions.

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"Michael had not had much time on the motorcycle in front of Aragon. He tested only seven days before the first event. He had the problem to build trust for the front wheel. In Aragon under the mixing conditions we could put the motorcycle so that He could build trust. He has also been able to get this trust on drying route, "reports BMW Motorcycle Sport Director Marc Bongers.

"In the second race, it did not look like that as if he had no confidence in the motorcycle," refers to Bongers on the top 5 result in difficult conditions. "We have come pretty far there. In comparison with Tom Sykes we had to fix many problems with Michael Van the Mark but with the first tests many problems we had already done with Tom."

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