No easy weekend in Spain - more insights collected
It was indeed no easy weekend for Markus Reiterberger in Jerez de la Frontera. The 25-years-old pilot from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had a difficult start into the sixth round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship already on Friday. A technical issue prevented Reiti from setting a single lap time during the first free practice. The second free practice was better, but only brought him into 15th position.
Reiterbergers side of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK pit box turned the BMW S 1000 RR upside down from Friday to Saturday to optimize the set up for race-day. Reiti liked the new feeling with his bike and was able to improve right away. He gained the 14th grid position for race one. The Youngster from Obing, Bavaria finished the first race after an exciting fight with championship colleagues Sandro Cortese, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Leon Haslam in eleventh position.
To remove the last noticeable problems with the BMW S 1000 RR the team also worked on it from Saturday to Sunday. But the changes to the set up only gave Markus Reiterberger limited support. He finished the 10-laps-sprint-race in 15th place. Reiti had a fantastic start into the second race in the afternoon. He was able to stay with the group. But his Superbike lost grip again during the progress of the race and at the end it was difficult to bring the twelfth place home.
Conclusion of the weekend in Andalusia, Spain: It has not been easy, but again important information was collected and in two weeks time these informations will be taken to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli once again. Reiti has been to the circuit at the Riviera di Rimini with his team at the end of May to do some testing and hopes that the collected data will help him during the seventh round of the WorldSBK championship.
Markus Reiterberger #28; Superpole Race - P15, Race 2 - P12:
„We made some small changes again to the set up from yesterday to today. I got a better feeling during turning with the bike. The BMW did not get faster through that, but it made it safer and that felt much better. Another change we made before the Superpole race didn’t really suit me. You could see that on the result eventually. I finished in 15th position. We concentrated on the front of the bike for the second race. I had a fantastic start into race two and everything felt really well during the first few laps. I was able to stay with the group. But the rear-grip-level reduced again during the progress of the race. That is our biggest challenge at the moment. It was really not easy at the end to take the twelfth place home. Of course I was hoping for more this weekend, but all the effort will pay off, as we can take some more knowledge with us and collected further important data. I hope we can continue the work with it and get me a set up I can ride with the front group soon. I want to thank my team that once again they have worked very hard for me.“