(EN) Preview WorldSBK round Phillip Island
Markus Reiterberger is looking forward to the season start in „Down Under“
Since almost a week now Markus Reiterberger is located on the other side of the world, on Phillip Island, almost two hours away from Melbourne, Australia. Already last Friday the Youngster from Obing in Bavaria, Germany arrived to the island to prepare as good as it gets to the time change and climate change (it is summer in Australia at the moment). Its already the third time “Reiti” visits the motorsports-affine island in the South of the continent and always has been able to take some good success home from here (position 7/8 at the previous outings on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit). Also during the two testing days on Monday and Tuesday of this week the 24-years-old was able to place himself in the middle of the field with positions 9 and 12. He will continue his adaption and the work at the set up of the BMW S 1000 RR during the upcoming practice sessions.
Phillip Island is the self-appointed home of the Australian Motorsports. It has a long history of motorsports as already in the early twenties car racing took place on its open streets. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a proper racetrack was built in 1956. The track had to be maintained in the late seventieth and in the beginning of the eighties. In 1985 the track was sold and had been modified for five million AUS Dollars. The circuit is surrounded by some breathtaking landscapes and wonderful see views. Being one of the fastest racetracks on the list it is assured that some spectacular races will take place there.
Markus Reiterberger #28: “It’s always quite a ride to get down here, but it is definitely worth it. Australia, Melbourne and Phillip Island are very special and I like it a lot. The track has its very own character; it is very fluent and so different to any other circuit on the calendar. All the left-hand corners are a big challenge for the tyres. But personally I like the layout of the track. You have to be aware of the wind and all the birds here, as sometimes they get very close. I am excited to start the weekend and I am looking forward to the start of the season. The new WorldSBK-format with three races during the weekend will not be easy, especially with the back-shoulder-problem that I am fighting right now. But except that everything is great and I cant wait to ride my bike in races again!”