The 23-year old motorcycle racer from Germany decided to step away from his permanent WorldSBK participation. Reiti will therefore refocus on his racing career and complete physical recovery. Wildcard participation at the German WorldSBK round at Lausitzring in the planning.
„The decision was not an easy one, but after intense considerations I decided not to continue with the Althea BMW Racing Team. In the current situation we cannot expect an upward trend. I still have a lack of feeling for the bike and I´am not 100% in shape after my injuries followed by my crash in Misano last year. We had a strong beginning into the last season but couldn´t keep up the good results until now. I am absolutely convinced by the potential oft he BMW S 1000 RR but in the current situation it´s my best option to push the restart button. Fortunately we were able to find a common agreement with all participating parties. I am now preparing myself for new challenges.
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.
Currently we are working on the last details of my 2017 racing season, including a wildcard entry at WorldSBK Lausitzring (18.-20.08.2017). It´s my goal to be back on the bike as soon as possible to convince with performance.
I wish the entire Althea BMW Racing team, primarily Jordi and Raffaele, all the best for the remaining WorldSBK season.“
All details to Markus Reiterbergers racing plans for 2017 will be reported after the final coordinations.
Markus Reiterberger is a two time German Superbike Champion (2013, 2015) on BMW S 1000 RR with Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW. He started with Althea BMW Racing into his first permanent WorldSBK season. Already at the season opening event in Australia, Markus achieved his first top ten result. At the second season meeting in Thailand he realised a top five result, which was his season best result. His rookie season in WorldSBK was shadowed by several technical disruptions and one heavy crash at Misano, where he suffered two broken vertebrae followed by a long recovery break. Markus was ranked 16th in the overall championship ranking in 2016. After three WorldSBK meetings in 2017 Markus ranks 12th in the overall standings.