It is with great regret that the Althea BMW Racing Team must announce the end of its collaboration with rider Markus Reiterberger.
In an atmosphere of complete collaboration, it was Reiterberger himself who came to this important decision, in light of the difficulties he has experienced in recent months. Since sustaining three fractures to the T10 and T12 vertebrae during last year’s Misano race, the young German rider has unfortunately struggled to return to the same levels as before the accident, both physically-speaking and in terms of his performance on track. A real pity for Markus and for the team, considering the positive collaborative spirit that has always characterised their relationship.
The promising young motorcycle racer has therefore elected to take a break, with immediate effect. Markus will therefore not be present at the next SBK round, taking place in The Netherlands, and will instead take time to collect his thoughts and make some decisions as to his future racing career.
“After intense considerations I decided to step away from my permanent WorldSBK participation. We had a strong beginning into the last season but couldn´t keep up the good results until now. I therefor decided to refocus on my complete recovery and racing career. I am very thankful for the experience in WorldSBK with Althea BMW Racing Team and I am now very much looking forward to my new challenges. I feel the need to thank my sponsors who made it happen so I could take part in the world championship. BMW Motorrad for their trust and passion. My appreciation also goes out to the whole Athea BMW Racing Team crew for their work. I was very much encouraged by a lot of positive reception from my friends, family and fans – I am very thankful for that. It was always my dream to participate in WorldSBK and with the gained experience I am working very hard to show up in the championship again”
“I am of course very sad to have to make this announcement, as I consider Markus to be a strong athlete and a considerable talent, who could have been a good match for the Superbike category. Unfortunately, the accident he suffered at Misano complicated things, as he was unable to fully regain that confidence that he had shown during the earlier part of the 2016 season. I think that this decision leaves us all disappointed, me personally, the entire Althea team and BMW too, but I believe it’s normal that he wants to find that peace of mind. Markus is still only 23 and so has all the time he needs to recover and bounce back. I can only thank him for the commitment he showed throughout his stay with the Althea team, and we all wish him lots of luck, in the hope that we soon see him back, stronger than ever and whatever the bike. He can no doubt still find the stimuli he needs to shape his future.”
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Press release by Althea Racing. Further announcements by Markus Reiterberger to come.