Returning home, maybe that’s the right word to describe Van Der Mark’s happiness when he arrived in Indonesia to undergo the 2021 WSBK closing series at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit. The reason is, he still has Indonesian blood passed down by his grandmother who came from Ambon.
Yohana Matitaputty’s grandmother married a Dutch citizen and gave birth to Juliet Matitaputty, who was Van Der Mark’s mother. The racer who was born on October 26, 1992, revealed that he received a warm welcome and support from Indonesian citizens, knowing that there were racers of Indonesian descent at the WSBK event this weekend.
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Van der Mark is known to be visiting Indonesia for the first time. Even so, he felt proud that his grandmother’s home country could welcome him home.
“It’s really nice to finally be able to come to Indonesia. I wish I could stay longer in Indonesia, and I love this country,” said Van der Mark, Sunday (11/21/2021).
“As soon as they found out that my grandmother was from Indonesia, my social media went crazy. This is for fans from Indonesia. I am proud of this country,” he said.
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Unfortunately, the 29-year-old racer still doesn’t understand much Indonesian. He only knew the names of a number of foods, apart from a few other words.
“I don’t understand much Indonesian, and only know some food and swearing,” said Van der Mark.