The FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship is entering the final phase. The championship leader Markus Reiterberger saw himself exposed to strong competition in the sixth of eight rounds of the season in Misano. To the two close pursuers in the race for the championship, Roberto Tamburini and Maximilian Scheib, strong guest starters were added to the STK1000 field.
That it would be a hot race weekend, was clear to all parties already from the first free practice on Friday morning. With asphalt temperatures of up to 34 degrees, the challenge was to match the race tactics to these weather conditions.
With an almost perfect lap Markus Reiterberger secured the fastest lap time.
P1 Markus Reiterberger 1:37.040 min (-0,548)
In the second free practice Reiterberger again set the fastest times in all sectors. Over the 30-minute session, he beat his best from the FP1 four times. Finally it was a 1:36.548 min lap time on the monitor – with more than half a second ahead of Ducati rider Matteo Ferrari and Aprilia factory rider Maximilian Scheib on the ranks two and three. For the race setup very positive – for his fastest lap, Reiterberger used a set of used tires, while the direct competition mounted a new set of tires.
Free Practice Combined Results FP1 + FP2
P1 Markus Reiterberger 1:36.548 min (-0,605)
The last free practice session on Saturday morning was used as the final rehearsal before qualifying to find the finishing touch on new tires for the BMW S 1000 RR.
Due to heavy traffic on the track, Reiterberger did not put a perfect lap on the tarmac and had to settle for a 1:36.075 min. He should not crack the 1:35 mark yet, but still took P1 with 0.391 seconds ahead of Roberto Tamburini.
When starting into qualifying, the thermometer showed 29°C air temperature. The asphalt had risen again to over 48°C.
Reiterberger then delivered in his first flying lap. With 1:36.139 min he undercut the existing pole record of Lorenzo Savadori from the year 2015. While his opponents only reached single fast laps, Reiti set 1:36 times lap by lap. However, the high temperatures did not allow him to match his personal best from the FP3. The 24-year-old secured his fifth pole position in the sixth race weekend of the season. Pole record included.
P1 Markus Reiterberger 1:36.122 min (-0,444)
The strategy for the race was set – Reiterberger had to push hard from the start, to get out of trouble and get safely over the distance. After a good start to the 15 scheduled laps, the two toughest pursuers, Scheib and Tamburini, bit into his slipstream. But after the first lap only Scheib remained close to the 24-year-old Bavarian.
In lap three, Markus Reiterberger undercut the existing race record from 2016 with a 1:36.474 min. However, Reiterberger was only able to distance himself from his Aprilia competitor Scheib from the fifth lap onwards and brought a few meters between himself and fast Chilean. With consistently fast lap times, Reiterberger was able to manage the gap to runner-up Scheib and concentrate on the difficult track conditions. The track temperature of over 47°C kept the #28 tires constantly on the edge of slipping. After 15 laps, Reiterberger crossed the finish line with a two-second advantage over Maximilian Scheib. With 25 points for the victory, Reiti expanded his lead to 14 points over Max Scheib.
In this year’s STK1000 season there are still two races left to compete. From September 14th to 16th, the STK1000 Championship will be in Portimao before the season finale at Magny-Cours from September 28th to 30th.
„After we could not bring home the best result in Brno, we again found back here in Misano to the correct mixture. The track was brutally slippery today, but that was the same for everyone. I was surprised how fast Scheib was in the race. He was even slower in practice and qualifying – he put me under pressure. Pole record, pole position, new track record and victory in the race – that’s all there is to it. My team has provided me with the optimal bike again and look forward to Portimao and Le Mans.“
Werner Daemen | Team principal alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW:
„Markus did what he had to do to stay in the race for the championship. We can not say enough about how close this championship is and Maximilian Scheib is now our toughest rival. With 14 points ahead, pole position and two new records in Misano we can sleep very well.“