- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) FP3, Superpole, Race 1 – Day 2 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, USA
Progress on second day in Laguna Seca
The second day of the Geico U.S. Round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship, that is taking place this weekend on the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in the United States of America concluded with some progress for Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team under California’s sun today and the work on the BMW S 1000 RR went into the right direction again. Whilst „Reiti“ mainly spend his time with learning the track and trying to find a set up for it, lap times improved today by more than 1.5 seconds.
The 25-years-old started the race this afternoon from a good eleventh position on the grid, which he achieved with his lap time of 1’23.454 and some laps he stayed constantly in the middle of the 19-riders-strong field. Seven laps to go the Bavarian was able to avoid crashing whilst riding in 15th position, but had to make an excursion onto the gravel in turn six. With his final 15th position he secured one more point for the championship. The work on the BMW S 1000 RR continues tomorrow to get the best possible conditions for the sprint race in the morning and the second race in the afternoon.
Markus Reiterberger #28, P15: „We made some clear steps forward today. Yesterday I had to learn the track and worked on setting up the bike. During the third free practice and also during the Superpole session I was already faster and was able to secure a starting position in the fourth row. That is not bad. Unfortunately we chose the wrong tyres for the race and some changes we made with the set up did not go to plan. Then I had a heavy slide over the front and had to make an excursion through the gravel to avoid crashing. At the end I finished in 15th position. I am not satisfied with the result. I still fight with the bike and I can’t ride tight lines with it still. We have to continue working on that and find a solution. I want to thank my team for their hard work today and to the numerous spectators who came to the track to cheer us on.“