- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) FP3, Superpole & Race 1 – Day 2 – MotorLand Aragón, Spain
Mixed emotions on day two at the MotorLand Aragón
The second day of the Motocard Aragón Round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike world championship went underway with mixed emotions for Markus Reiterberger and his part of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. After “Reiti” had a much better feeling with the bike during the third free practice in the morning, everybody felt more confident for the rest of the day. The seventh position in the Superpole qualifying and the front spot of the third row of the grid confirmed this feeling. Teammate Tom Sykes finished the Superpole with his BMW S 1000 RR in third position and granted the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team with their first ever first row starting position.
Unfortunately Markus Reiterberger was not able to make the most out of this sevenths starting position. After the 25-years-old had problems, finding the right starting spot on the grid, he had a bad start and was overtaken by Jonathan Rea, who on the other hand had a tremendous start. While overtaking, Rea touched Reiterberger and the Bavarian ungently went down on the gridline. After a short check up in the medical centre it was confirmed that he did not suffer any damage apart from some bruises. The disappointment about the fast end to his first race after the good pace during the morning sessions is big though.
Markus Reiterberger #28, P7 + DNF: “I was able to improve my feeling with the bike during the third free practice this morning and also the Superpole qualifying went quite well. The seventh grid position is not too bad. The gap to Toms third place was only two tenth of a second. I really felt well and wanted to have a good start into the race. Unfortunately my start was far from good. I wasn’t on the right position on the grid. However, Rea had a fantastic start and overtook me really fast. We touched and I fell off the bike spectacularly. I am really disappointed; it’s a pity for the race. It would have been interesting to see where we could have ended it. I hope the damage is not too big and I will get another chance tomorrow.”