Italian MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha on the Misano circuit as he tests his physical condition, in Misano Adriatico, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Tommaso Torri/ANSA via AP)
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Rossi, who missed the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, is fourth in the championship, 42 points behind joint leaders Marc Marquez of Spain and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso with five races remaining in the competition.Dutch Superbike rider Van der Mark, 24, has never ridden a MotoGP bike before.He previously competed in seven 125cc (now Moto3) races in 2010 and the 2011 Dutch Moto2 round.The Dutchman is also a three times winner of the Suzuka eight hours endurance race and has raced at the Spanish circuit seven times with World Superbikes and other support series.
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