- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) FP3 / Superpole / Race 1 - Day 2 - Pirelli Round of Italy, Imola
7th in Qualifying and Top 10 result in race one make up on second day in Imola
Markus Reiterberger and his crew of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had a much more positive day than yesterday at the Autodromo Internationale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Reiterberger qualified during the Tissot Superpole session, which was red-flagged twice due to a dirty track and several crashes, on seventh grid position and is leading the third row of the grid for the races of the Pirelli WorldSBK round in Imola this weekend.
After a highly positive Tissot Superpole qualifying session, in which he temporarily occupied the fifth position, „Reiti“ got swallowed up during the start into the race one and lost some positions. He then had been detained by Michael Ruben Rinaldi. At the end of the 19 race-laps the 25-years-old was able to fight his BMW S 1000 RR back into tenth position and finished the race in the Top Ten with vital points for the MOTUL FIM Superbike world championship. Teammate Tom Sykes had to retire from the race due to technical issues.
Markus Reiterberger #28, Superpole - P7, Race 1 - P10:
„I am relieved that we were able to improve a few things regarding yesterday. We did a good job with sevenths starting position in the Superpole session and did some really good and fast laps. But I am still not happy with the race tyre. I lost some positions at the start into the first race. That’s a pity. And then I was stuck behind Rinaldi and could not pass him. I lost my good starting position. At the end I was able to catch up some places and just finished into the Top Ten. This is not the result we had hoped for, but I am confident that I will be back up there again soon. I am grateful to my team and that everybody continues the hard work.
I hope for more improvements during the Warm up tomorrow. There are a few things that we want to try and I hope that we will find something that makes me more comfortable on the bike. I know we can do a good job if the weather is kind with us. We have the potential for sure.“