- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) WorldSBK-round Jerez de la Frontera, Spain - Superpole, Race 1
Long and hot first race under Andalusia’s sunshine
The second day of the Spanish WorldSBK-round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship on the Andalusian racetrack was a much better one for Markus Reiterberger after that difficult first day yesterday in Jerez de la Frontera. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team worked hard to adapt the BMW S 1000 RR to the needs of the 25-years-old and to the conditions under the burning sun of Andalusia and apart from a last grip-problem, most of the difficulties that had hindered „Reiti“ yesterday, where wiped out.
Reiterberger started the first race today from 14th position and where able to gain two positions with a good start already. The BMW-pilot gave everything during the 20 laps of the race one and he also risked a lot and after an exciting battle with Sandro Cortese, Michael Ruben Ronaldi and Leon Haslam he secured himself the eleventh position and takes home five important points for the world championship standings.
Markus Reiterberger #28; Superpole - P14, Race 1 - P11:
„It was a long, hot and hard race, but the eleventh position is a fairly decent result. We turned the BMW S 1000 RR upside down from yesterday to today. The new set up did suit me quite well this morning when the grip was still better. But when it is heating up during the day, some of the difficulties are back. The bike loses grip when the conditions change like today on the track in Jerez. But apart from that we were able to erase the other problems we had, or lets say we almost got rid of them. We did a huge step for my feeling with the bike today, although you might not see that on the lap times, but I am very grateful to my team for this. I had a hard race with a good start at which I gained two positions. The following fight with Cortese, Rinaldi and Haslam was fun. Unfortunately I couldn’t pass the group, but I gave everything and secured the eleventh positions.“