- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) FP3, Superpole & Race 1 – Day 2 – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand
Championship points for Reiterberger at second Day under scorching heat in Buriram
The sun did not have mercy with the 19 riders strong field of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World championship at the Pirelli Thai Round today in Buriram again. Markus Reiterberger, who qualified in the quite positive third free practice as well as in the Superpole qualifying this morning on 11thposition and secured himself the 11thposition on the grid, is not really satisfied with the process of the first race at the Chang International Circuit today.
After a good start from 11thposition into the 20 race laps “Reiti” was caught in the turmoil of the first corner and lost a few positions. During the course of the race he persisted around the 16thplace and changed positions with Leon Camier (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) and Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati). Again it was the braking behaviour of the BMW S 1000 RR that caused him trouble and at the end he had to settle with the 14thplace, which secured him two further points in his championship campaign.
Markus Reiterberger and his crew of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team have some work to do this evening and need to continue to get to grips with the package around the BMW S 1000 RR before the third and final race day at the Chang International Circuit tomorrow, to have the 25-years-old gain the good feeling back he had with the bike during the morning sessions.
Markus Reiterberger #28, P14: “This morning during the third free practice and also during the qualifying I had a quite good feeling with the bike. I also had a good start into the race, but I was a bit unlucky inside the first corner. I was not able to ride my rhythm with all the hurly-burly happening there. During the race I did not have a good feeling with the bike and I am not really happy with the result. Sure, we collected two more points again, but that is not our goal. We need to continue to learn to know the whole package more and to improve with it. This will still take some time, I know. I need to be patient until then, even though that’s not easy at all.”