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(EN) Free Practice - Day 1 - Motul Dutch Round, Assen/Netherlands

Top 4 result on first day under winterly conditions

The fourth round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike world championship started off well today with a fourth overall position for Markus Reiterberger during the free practice sessions for the Motul Dutch round at the legendary TT Circuit in Assen, Netherlands. The conditions were far from ideal for a Superbike round with temperatures below 10 °C, but the 25-years-old was not stopped by them and already finished the first free practice this morning with the sixth fastest time.

„Reiti“ improved again during the afternoon session, he even was holding the third position for some laps at the end of the session and was able to finish it with only 0.028 seconds behind the first position in fourth. Some changes to the settings of the BMW S 1000 RR and a chassis-update from BMW were obviously positive and continue the forward direction. With only three hundredths of a second leeway to his teammate Tom Sykes, who finishes the first day in Assen in first position, Reiterberger is confident for the weekend.

Markus Reiterberger #28, P4:

„I did so many laps in Assen already and I know some performances of the bike here. I like the track. Nevertheless the first free practice was plodding, therefore I already was satisfied with the sixth position. I did a really good lap time in the third section of the track. As one of a few we tried a new tyre at the end of it, which was not so good for the confidence for the second free practice. Then we did some changes for the second practice, which weren’t good and we changed them back again. And that gave us a good boost towards the right direction. With a new set of tires I was able to get some really decent lap times. Now we have position one and four in the team and I am only three hundredths of a second behind Tom in fourth. This was a good practice session, but we have to continue to work and hope that it will stay dry for tomorrow and to do another step forward then.“

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