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  • Judith Pieper-Köhler

(EN) Free Practice – Day 1 – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand

Productive first day at the Pirelli Thai Round

To sum it up: it was a quite productive first day under the scorching sun of Thailand at the Chang International Circuit. Until a small technical issue at the first free practice on Friday morning, Markus Reiterberger and his BMW S 1000 RR were located around the seventh position. Due to the failure the 25-years-old only had half of the session with his Superbike and could not really test it to the maximum. But he could already notice that the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had done fantastic homework after the last outing at Phillip Island. The BMW S 1000 RR bikes of Reiterberger and his teammate Tom Sykes now were able to catch up to the top on the long straights, even out of the slipstream, where they had some deficiencies before. 

The Bavarian is happy with the second free practice on Friday afternoon. His crew swiped up the tight testing program and was able to do another step forward. The conditions are not ideal yet, as the layout of the racetrack in Buriram is completely different and a new experience for everybody again. The Chang International Circuit has a lot more breaking points than the fluent racetrack at Phillip Island and therefore the set up tasks for the BMW-Superbike will continue again tomorrow, on Saturday of the Pirelli Thai Round. “Reiti” finished the first practice day in Thailand in twelfth position.

Markus Reiterberger #28, P12: “The practice this morning was not easy. First of all you almost melt here under this heat on the long straights and it is really exhausting and then we also had a technical issue and I lost half of the session because of it. But my crew gave it everything and we were really productive during the second session. We were able to try a lot of settings with the chassis and the engine and seen in a long-term point of view this will help to do another step towards the right direction. I still have some problems with the corner-speed, but we will keep working on it tomorrow. In general I am quite satisfied with this first day, as we managed to get a lot done.”

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