The Dutchman crashed in the opening stages of the opening WorldSBK session of the weekend and will take no further part
After making his MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship comeback from injury at the Dutch Round, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) has now been ruled out of the Estoril Round after sustaining a fracture of the right femur neck. He will be transported to the Hospital de Sao Jose in Lisbon for further checks. The Dutchman crashed at Turn 10 in the opening stages of the 45-minute Free Practice 1 session which brought out the red flags.
Van der Mark impressed with his comeback at Assen despite still visibly struggling when walking with the leg fracture he suffered in training, claiming eighth place in Race 2 in front of his home fans. BMW tested the M 1000 RR, with van der Mark, at Portimao ahead of the Estoril Round with the Dutchman working on his bike fitness but will now take no further part in the Estoril Round.
Following the crash on Friday, van der Mark underwent surgery on the injury at a hospital in Lisbon which was a success.
Update on @mickeyvdmark: Mickey had a surgery to his fractured right neck femur at Lisbon last night. The surgery went well. We wish him a speedy recovery - get well soon, Mickey!@SMRWorldSBK @WorldSBK #WorldSBK pic.twitter.com/lKQ8wO3SUe— BMW Motorrad Motorsport (@BMWMotorradMoSp) May 21, 2022
Follow all the action from the Estoril Round using the WorldSBK VideoPass!