- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) Preview Laguna Seca / USA
Exciting adventure is awaiting Reiti after his time off for illness
Markus Reiterberger had to sit out the previous WorldSBK-event at the British island in Donington Park due to a heavy viral infection. Therefore the joy is even bigger that the 25-years-old now can return to his BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and his BMW S 1000 RR bike at the spectacular racetrack “WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca” in California. The young Bavarian is highly motivated and ready to give his best at the ninth round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship – the last event before the long summer break.
The Raceway Laguna Seca is a part of the WorldSBK-calendar since many years. Already from 1995 until 2004 races of the Superbike world championship took place on the venue. Then the racetrack was suspended until 2013. The track is located in the picturesque hills of Salinas, not far from the famous Monterey Bay – a 3.6 km deep sea rift, in which an unusually lot of marine creatures found their homes and it therefore is popular amongst diving-tourists. Laguna Seca is located about two hours by car in the south of San Francisco and many American riders such as Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Colin Edwards, or the late Nicky Hayden did celebrate big successes here. The spectacular “corkscrew” turn is known amongst racing fans all over the world and has often been copied by racetrack-guru Herman Tilke in new track layouts.
Markus Reiterberger: “I am happy I can finally ride at Laguna Seca. I was denied to travel to Laguna Seca in 2016 as I had my big crash before and was injured. In 2017 I finished my WorldSBK-season early. 2019 I finally have the opportunity to learn to know the track. Of course I am looking forward to my mission at the Raceway Laguna Seca and I hope we can find some things at the bike to make me get along with it better and to be able to achieve the relevant results with it. I am looking forward to an exciting adventure in the USA and to get back to work with my team.”