HRC and Ten Kate Agree to Have Michael van der Mark in MotoGP, Abraham Senior Doesn't

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Even though in the morning we told you that World Superbike wonder kid Michael van der Mark's presence aboard a MotoGP bike this weekend was almost certain, his most recent tweet reveals that things are quite the opposite.
"No #DutchGP for me this weekend," van der Mark writes on twitter, adding that this decision belongs to the team. While at first this info seemed contradictory with the news we had in the morning, the reigning World Supersport champion adds more details.

Abraham Sr. was the one who made the call

He says that he was available for the four days of the MotoGP round at Assen, and both Honda Racing Corporation and his World Superbike team Ten Kate agreed to allow him to take part in the race.

Michael van der Mark does not provide too many details on what led to the negative decision from AB Cardion, but gpone seems to have more insights in this matter.

According to them, the main issue was a financial one, so we can only guess that the parts have not reached an agreement as to the compensations in case Michael van der Mark wrecked the AB Cardion bike. The team owner reportedly said that he should either find a rider
willing to pay the right insurance money or leave the bike in the box and sit out this round.

More info on this is sure to surface these days, and we'll include it in the reports on the Assen round. It would have been awesome for the fans of van der Mark to see him debut in MotoGP on the home circuit, but it just wasn't meant to be. Anyway, it looks like the next step for him is indeed the premier class, even though when will it take place is still a mystery.

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