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8 Hours of Spa: Markus Reiterberger and BMW aim for victory!


The second race of the 2024 FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) on Saturday, 8th June, is a special event for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team with Markus Reiterberger as the 8H SPA EWC Motos is the home race for Team Manager Werner Daemen (BEL) and many team members. In the saddle of the #37 BMW M 1000 RR, Reiti shares the bike again with Ilya Mikhalchik and Sylvain Guintoli as well as Hannes Soomer as the fourth rider.

 

The team aims to continue its success with the #37 BMW M 1000 RR at the Spa-Francorchamps race, now shortened to eight hours from the previous 24 hours. When endurance racing returned to the ‘Ardennes rollercoaster’ in 2022 after more than two decades, Reiti and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team celebrated a historic victory. Last year, the team finished third on the podium at the 24H SPA EWC Motos. The current season also started with a podium for the team and its three regular riders Reiterberger, Mikhalchik, and Guintoli, with a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


On Monday, 3rd June, there is an opportunity for a private test. The event kicks off on Wednesday, 5th June, with a parade from the circuit to Malmedy in the late afternoon. That is followed by an autograph session before the bikes and riders return to the track. Private test sessions take place on Thursday, 6th June at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The official race event begins on Friday, 7th June, with free practice and the two qualifying sessions. The 8-hour race starts at 13:00 PM CEST on Saturday, 8th June.


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Markus Reiterberger:

"The expectations for Spa are, of course, very high, as it is the team’s home race and also in a way for BMW Motorrad Motorsport and me. Spa is the closest track to us all. It is also a personal highlight for me, as it is one of my absolute favorite racetracks. The last test was very good; we sorted out and improved a lot. I think we are very well prepared in all aspects. With a duration of eight hours, it is almost a sprint race, and it’s important to find the perfect balance between fuel consumption and lap time. We will give our best. We want to win the race or at least finish on the podium. The big goal is, of course, victory. Everyone has worked hard for this, and I know we can do it. We will push hard!"

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