- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) WUP, Superpole Race, Race 2 – Day 3 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, USA
Going home with new racetrack and further championship points in the pocket
The exciting race weekend on one of the most popular racetracks on the WorldSBK-calendar came to an end today with an eventful Superpole race and the second, 25-laps-long race of the Geico U.S. round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Markus Reiterberger was able to improve also on the third and last action day in the United States of America and continued with the positive course of the work on his BMW S 1000 RR.
But the 25-years-old is not quite satisfied with the achieved results. A top ten finish seemed to be within reach. Already during the Superpole race this morning, that had to be restarted due to a red flag because of a heavy crash of Alessandro Delbianco and wildcard rider J.D. Beach in the first lap, „Reiti“ was just tenths of a second away from a top ten result and finished the race in twelfth position. During the second main race in the afternoon the performance of the tyre dropped and Reiterberger missed out on his goal to finish in the top ten once again with a 13th place.
The next round of the WorldSBK championship will take place in seven weeks time in Portugal. The young Bavarian takes home some important championship points from the U.S. round. The pilots have enough time during the now starting summer break to prepare for the tenth round of the season in September. Reiterberger will use this time to get ready as good as possible for the last part of this year’s WorldSBK-season.
Markus Reiterberger #28, Superpole race - P12; Race 2 - P13: „It has been a difficult weekend, but we were able to collect some more championship points. The sprint race went well today after the restart. I finished in twelfth position. We decided for a different tyre than yesterday for the second race this afternoon and that decision went to plan for about 15 laps. After that the performance of the tyre dropped again and the movement in the bike came back. Unfortunately I lost two positions at the end, but was able to take the 13th place home and secure some points for the championship. I was flirting with the idea to finish in the top ten, but missed out on that. Of course I was hoping for more, as I know that I can do better, but for now this was refused. I hope we will find some more things that can help me to be fast with this bike. We have to continue the hard work and not to give up and finally the penny will drop. Thanks to my team. I will use the summer break to get ready as good as possible for the last four events of the season.“