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(EN) Reiterberger finishes season opener in confident shape

P12 at 2ndrace of WorldSBK kick off in Australia

It’s the finish of a difficult, but satisfying weekend for Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, where the season opener of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship took place this weekend. 

The Bavarian started the newly introduced Tissot Superpole race (10 laps) this morning from 13thposition and finished in 12thplace, just ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes (GBR).

The second race of the WorldSBK-weekend on Australian sole went much better for “Reiti” after the set up of his BMW S 1000 RR bike has been adjusted. He had a much better feeling as the days before and was able to enjoy the 22 laps of the race that was dominated and conquered by the WorldSBK-Rookie Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) once again. After a short exchange with his teammate Tom Sykes, Reiterberger contained 13thposition behind him and rode a consistent race.  Two laps to go he overtook Sykes again to finish just ahead of him in 12thposition.

Although Reiterberger was not able to meet his target to finish in the Top Ten of the Yamaha Finance Australian Round, he looks back on the weekend with a positive mind.

Markus Reiterberger #28; P12 – fastest race lap 1:32.213: “Even we did not finish in the Top Ten today I feel much better than the days before and I really enjoyed this race. We definitely have the pace for a Top Ten result and if the conditions are good, with better qualifying and a better start into the race, then I am confident that we can get there. My feeling has improved regarding yesterday and I gained more confidence. Again we did a step towards the right direction. The BMW S 1000 RR is phenomenal while cornering, but there is still potential in accelerating and on the straight. We will continue to work on that. I want to thank my whole team. They once again did everything possible to support me as good as they can. I am already looking forward to the races in Buriram (Thailand).”

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