Michael van der Mark is to make a second appearance in MotoGP. The Dutchman is to step in once again to replace Jonas Folger in the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team at Valencia.
Though the announcement is not yet official, the Dutchman revealed he would be riding at Valencia in a Dutch-language interview for the WorldSBK website, and published by the Dutch website Racesport.nl. Recorded after the final round of WorldSBK at Qatar on Saturday, Van der Mark says, "It's great to be riding in MotoGP again next week in Valencia. It's a shame Jonas [Folger] is still ill, but I'm deeply honored that Hervé [Poncharal] has asked me once again to replace him. It shows that I did my best in Sepang."
"I'm really looking forward to the weekend at Valencia," Van der Mark said. "I know the bike a bit now, and the most important thing is that we have normal weather conditions in Valencia so that I can try and improve every session. I hope I can score a good result and make the team happy." Van der Mark finished 16th in Sepang, just outside the points.
Though there has been on official update on Jonas Folger's condition, the German is believed to be suffering a recurrence of Epstein Barr, a condition he is believed to have suffered with in 2016. Folger is currently in his native Bavaria, undergoing medical tests and recovering. He is unlikely to see MotoGP action again until the Sepang test in January 2018.