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(EN) Free Practice - Day 1 - Pata Riviera di Rimini Round, Italy

Positive course on first day in Misano, despite lack of grip and a crash

Temperatures up to 30°C didn’t make the work of today’s practice day for the seventh round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship easy on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. And as usual the lacking grip-level on the racetrack at the Riviera di Rimini caused Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team the same problems like when testing here two weeks ago.

After the first changes to the bike did not cause the desired positive effects to the BMW S 1000 RR, Reiterberger came back to the box to change again and immediately felt the positive course. He then was able to stay in the Top seven for some laps. But the practice was cut short for the 25-years-old when he slid off in turn two. Luckily he stayed unhurt from the crash, but was only able to use eight laps of the second free practice. For the second day of the Pata Riviera di Rimini round, the Bavarian is confident and he hopes to use tomorrow’s practice time to the fullest.

Markus Reiterberger #28, P13: „To be able to get along with the grip-level will be the key to success this weekend. It feels like riding on ice and that’s not easy.

We did some changes to the bike at the beginning of the session that did not feel good and I went back to the box to change it again. After that it felt so much better and I was able to stay in the seventh position for quite a while. I rode in front of Alvaro Bautista for some laps and I could stay with him after he overtook me. Unfortunately I slid off in turn two. The bike was too damaged to go out again and we had to cut our list of testing short today. We have to try and stay with that feeling now and to keep working.

Michael van der Mark had a big highside crash in the last lap. It reminded me of my own accident here a couple of years ago and I really hope that he was not hurt badly and gets well soon again.“

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