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  • Judith Pieper-Köhler

It finally starts again! Markus Reiterberger has arrived in Le Mans

The FIM Endurance World Championship kicks off the 2021 season this coming weekend and Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team with the number 37 are well prepared for the season opener.

Reiti has been part of the BMW factory team, which is led by the motorcycle legend his manager Werner Daemen, since the Endurance World Championship event in Malaysia 2019. This year the team competes with the brand new BMW M 1000 RR, in which development Markus Reiterberger played a key role as BMW test rider. The 26-year-old can hardly wait to finally jump back onto the motorcycle at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Heures Motos alongside his two well-known teammates Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA). The new face in the rider line-up for the 2021 season is an old friend. Xavi Forés, with whom Reiterberger already rode in a team in 2016, is not only a former teammate of the Bavarian, but also is a good friend now. The anticipation of finally doing something together again is great.

The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team has prepared well for the prestigious race on the Bugatti Circuit. This year Reiti has already been twice on the track in the Sarthe department in the Pays de la Loire region of France. At the official Pré-Mans Test at the end of March, the team set the best time with new record laps with the #37 BMW M 1000 RR on both days and is now eager to build on that performance at the first race weekend of the season. The very clear goal for this season is to take home as many victories as possible and it would be ideal to start to do so this weekend in Le Mans. The FIM EWC 2021 consists of four events in France, Portugal and Japan. After the opener at Le Mans, the season continues on 17th July with the 12 Hours of Estoril in Portugal. The 24-hour classic ‘Bol d’Or’ will be held at Le Castellet (FRA) on 18th/19th September, before the season draws to a close with the 8-hour race at Suzuka, Japan on 7th November.

Markus Reiterberger: “I am very happy that we can finally race again. We were well prepared for the tests. The whole team did a fantastic job. During the tests of the preseason we could already see that our bike was working great and we always knew exactly in which direction we had to keep working. Our rider line-up is incredibly strong and the tests already showed that we are working at a very high level. We were clearly number one in the tests at Le Mans and that gives us optimism. Now I hope that we can make good use of our experience in the race. We are well prepared and make sure that we get through the 24 hours safely and without mistakes. Now it is important to concentrate on our race pace again during the practice sessions and to achieve good qualifying results. I am confident and am looking forward to a great racing weekend in Le Mans."

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