Michael van der Mark says he cannot wait to make his debut on the PATA Honda CBR1000RR he will ride next season following the confirmation he will step up to the World Superbike Championship in 2015.

In the wake of being crowned the 2014 World Supersport Champion after an almost flawless season that has seen him finish first or second in eight of the season's nine race thus far, van der Mark was duly confirmed as stepping up to the WSBK class with the same Ten Kate Racing-run PATA Honda set up.

Set to replace long-serving Honda rider Jonathan Rea, who is expected to be confirmed as moving to Kawasaki Racing for 2015 imminently, though van der Mark praises the achievements of the Ulsterman during his time with the team, he says he will strive to enjoy even greater success when he begins in the series.

"[Jonathan] came from Supersport as well and he showed he was really fast," he told Crash.net. "I am there to get on his bike and to try and better him. He has done great and is still doing great, but I want to try to be better."

Indeed, though 2015 will be van der Mark's first season of Superbike racing, he believes his race-winning success in both the 2013 and 2014 Suzuka 8 Hours endurance events has been good preparation and even thinks that experience will benefit him once the 2015 regulations changes are introduced.

"I am comfortable [on the Superbike] and I think with the new regulations it will be closer to the Japanese bike I rode," he added. "Every bike I have ridden I have been fast, so I think my style will suit the Superbike and I cannot wait to start this challenge.

"From the first race at Phillip Island we need to see where we finish and work forwards. I won't go there saying I want to be in the top five, but I will go there, do my best and improve."

Though he has already wrapped up the WSS title, van der Mark - whose deal sees him switch from a Ten Kate contract to a full Honda contract - says there are no plans to run him on a third Honda Superbike during the season-ending WSBK round in Qatar, as the team did with Jonathan Rea in 2008.



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