- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) WUP & Superpole Race - Day 3 - Pirelli Round of Italy, Imola
Weather conditions queer WorldSBK’s pitch again
The weather-god does not mean it well with the MOTUL FIM Superbike world championship this season, as also at the fifth round of the WorldSBK events at the Autodromo Internationale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, one race had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions and for safety reasons. Already in Assen the first of the two races did not take place, because of snowfall. In Imola it was the second race this afternoon that became the victim to pouring rain.
During Warm up this morning Reiterberger had a first with the rain-settings of his BMW S 1000 RR and the feeling was good. To use the super-soft tyre during the Superpole race this morning was a risk. Unfortunately it didn’t work out well and „Reiti“ just was able to hold on to the tenths position as the performance of the tyre dropped during the race.
Now we have another four weeks until the next round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike world championship will take place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera and Reiti will use this time to improve his fitness furthermore. The BMW-pilot underwent a small surgery on his left shoulder during the last break before the Pirelli round of Imola. But thanks to the incredible support of the doctors in Munich and at home, his osteopath, his personal trainer, his manager and his brother, who accompanied him this weekend to Imola, not much reminded him on the surgery.
Markus Reiterberger #28, Superpole Race - P10:
„The first contact with the rain set up of the new bike felt quite well. When it dried off again we couldn’t keep the pace. The decision for the tyre was not easy for the sprint race, as it was partly wet and partly dry on the track. We then took the risk and decided for the Supersoft-tyre. Unfortunately this one lost performance towards the end of the race and I was just able to take the tenth place home.
Of course I respect the decision of the race control to cancel the second race - Safety first! Although this means we are missing some more experience in the rain. I am not really satisfied with this weekend in general, especially after the good results in Assen. But Imola always is difficult for me, therefore I thank my team for their continued hard work and their support.
Physically I felt really good after a small surgery I had done on my shoulder three weeks ago. Maybe I even felt better than before and I am grateful to the work of the doctors and nurses in the Bogenhausen clinic in Munich, my doctor at home Dr. Pfister and of course my osteopath Matthias Neugebauer, my personal trainer Gerhard Donat, my manager Werner Daemen and my brother Stefan, who all came with me this weekend to Imola to give me their support.“