- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) Preview Misano / Italy
Almost a home race
Only two weeks after the sixth round of the season in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the WorldSBK-paddock is gathering together for the seventh stop of the season at the Riviera di Rimini, in beautiful Misano, Italy. It hasn’t been long ago, that Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team were testing on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Therefore the Bavarian and his crew are well prepared for the upcoming action-struck three days of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship. Just like racetracks such as Philip Island, Donington Park, or Assen, also Misano is one of the classic rounds on the WorldSBK-calendar. The first Superbike race took place in 1991. From the area around Misano famous riders were raised , such as the 9-times-MotoGP-world-champion Valentino Rossi, but also Andrea Dovizioso or the late Marco Simoncelli, whose name now also is part of the official naming of the circuit – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The Italian fans are usually quite impulsive and passionate and that you can also tell from the atmosphere of the event. The round in Misano also is a popular event for the visitors from the bordering countries and therefore numerous fans, friends and family of "Reiti" will be attending from his home in Bavaria and surroundings to encourage him. The additional motivation will bring the necessary spur to the 25-years-old that he will need to give his best again, also in Misano.
Markus Reiterberger #28: “Misano is a cool track, which I like a lot, although I had my bad accident here some years ago. I have been quite successful here in my time in the Superstock European championship. We just had a test in Misano, where we were able to collect crucial data. It went really well in the wet here. I think I am prepared for all weather conditions. Of course I hope for nice weather, maybe not as hot as it usually is. Misano is not far away from my home. I will have a lot of friends, my family and fans at this racetrack. They will support me this weekend. I am looking forward to that. But the focus will stay on the racetrack of course.”