- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Kick-off for 2022
First showdown of the season in Cartagena
This week, the two teams from the International German Championship (IDM) and the Endurance World Championship (EWC), in which Markus Reiterberger will be starting on board of the BMW M 1000 RR, met in Cartagena, Spain, to test the team and bikes before the start of the two racing series in April and May.
With the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, Reiti was able to continue working alongside his teammates Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Jeremy Guarnoni (FRA) on the bike's set-up and the whole package for the 2022 EWC season, which begins in April with the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Cartagena track was shared by Reiti and his teammates with other well-known BMW Motorrad riders from WorldSBK and other classes. The next test for the Endurance team is in April at Le Mans, France.
For the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team it was the first joint test after the merge of the two IDM teams BCC Racing and Alpha-Van Zon-BMW. The new team-mates Jan Mohr (A), Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED) and Kamil Krzemień (POL) are "brutally fast", said Reiterberger after the three-day test, during which the Bavarian was able to collect many positive impressions.
The next tests are scheduled for March for both of Markus Reiterberger's commitments in the Endurance World Championship and the International German Championship 2022.
“The three days of testing were very intense, but also very good. We were able to secure the team and material for the endurance and make some preparations for the start of the season in April. The lap times are not bad. There were some very high profile riders also testing at the Cartagena track and we were all close together. The cooperation in the teams is very good. In the IDM, the team still has to grow together a bit more, but everything is still new there and I'm confident that there won't be any problems there either. The guys are brutally fast and did a really good job. For me the switch between the two series with different tyres and settings was not that easy and I noticed the difference, but we were still able to make very good progress and find good settings. Cartagena is a very nice track, it was fun to work there. The next tests will take place in March for the EWC in Le Mans in France and the IDM either in Valencia, again in Spain, or in Germany. So the preparations for the 2022 season are in full swing.”