Mark Willis (motorcycle racer)

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Mark Willis
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1976-05-03) 3 May 1976 (age 38)
Narrabri, NSW
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 19982001
Manufacturers BSL, Modenas, Pulse
Championships 0
First Grand Prix 1998 500cc Australian Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 2001 500cc British Grand Prix
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
22 0 0 0 0

Mark Willis (born 3 May 1976 in Narrabri, NSW, Australia) is an Australian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

Career[edit]

In 1991 Willis won the NSW championship in Australia. He later became the Australian Long Track Champion in 1993 and 'Australian Rider of the Year' in 1996.

He was participated in the Australian Superbike Championship in 1997 with the Factory Suzuki Superbike team, Troy Bayliss was his team mate. Willis took his first race win in the wet at Eastern Creek and finished 4th in the championship.

In 1998 Willis was a wildcard ride in the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island saw Willis finish 6th in Race 1 and 9th in Race 2. This was on a private Suzuki, all the more impressive as he beat both factory Suzuki riders along with many of the other WSB regulars. He competed in both the Australian Superbike and Supersport until injury sidelined him for the final two rounds of both. He was then offered a wildcard ride in the Australian 500 GP as Phillip Island. He finished in a point scoring 14th place.

Willis joined the BSL race team in 1999 to compete in the 500 GP World Championship. Unfortunately, the bike suffered persistent mechanical problems and Willis only competed in one race at Jerez. Willis finished the season on a leased Modenas bike. He was consistently the fastest of the three Modenas riders, finishing 6 out of the last 7 races.

In 2000 Willis competed in 2 rounds of the Endurance World Championship for the Yamaha Motor France team. Along with French team-mates Jean-Marc Deletang and Fabien Foret, he won both the Spa 24 Hour and Bol D’Or 24 Hour races. He finished joint 7th in the Championship. Willis was also still with the BSL team in 500 GPs, but got little track time due to the bikes continuing development problems. He left the team and signed with Kenny Roberts Snr. to compete in 4 of the last 5 rounds of the season aboard the 3 cylinder Modenas.

Willis signed with the Pulse team in 500cc GP, alongside British teammate Jason Vincent in 2001. His best finish was 13th at Mugello, scoring 3 points. The team however withdrew from the series in July due to lack of funding.

Later in 2002 Willis entered one race in the World Supersport Championship for the Dutch Saveko Racing team aboard a Yamaha YZF R6, finished 16th at Sugo. In 2006 He competed in four rounds of the Australian NakedBike Championship finishing 9th in the series on board a BMW K1200R. In 2007 Willis is currently competing in the Australian NakedBike Championship riding a Benelli TNT 1130 Sport.

Career Results[edit]

Grand Prix[edit]

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1998 500cc Suzuki JPN
MAL
ESP
ITA
FRA
MAD
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
IMO
CAT
AUS
14
ARG
33rd 2
1999 500cc BSL MAL
DNQ
JPN
ESP
18
FRA
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
CAT
30th 3
Modenas KR3 NED
17
GBR
GER
16
CZE
16
IMO
17
VAL
Ret
AUS
15
RSA
16
BRA
16
ARG
14
2000 500cc Modenas KR3 RSA
MAL
JPN
ESP
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
POR
15
VAL
BRA
14
PAC
DNS
AUS
Ret
28th 3
2001 500cc Pulse JPN
Ret
RSA
20
SPA
19
FRA
Ret
ITA
13
CAT
18
NED
16
GBR
19
GER
CZE
POR
VAL
PAC
AUS
MAL
BRA
25th 3

World Superbike Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1998 Suzuki AUS
6
AUS
9
GBR GBR ITA ITA SPA SPA GER GER SMR SMR RSA RSA USA USA EUR EUR AUT AUT NED NED JPN JPN 23rd 17

World Supersport Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2002 Yamaha ESP
AUS
RSA
JPN
16
ITA
GBR
GER
SMR
GBR
GER
NED
ITA
NC 0

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