- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Markus Reiterberger back in the IDM in Spielberg and on the new BMW M 1000 RR
The International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) will meet for the penultimate time this season on this upcoming weekend and the SBK1000 class will again fight for the next German championship title. This time the race track is none other than the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria, where three weeks ago the MotoGP World Championship was held on two consecutive weekends. Hermann Tilke, the world's most renowned track architect himself, created the racetrack with a total length of 4.318 km. From 2011 to 2013 the course was already an integral part of the IDM and should return to the calendar in 2020. But the return had to pause for another year.
After Reiti was unable to start at the last IDM races in Assen because of his participation in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps with the Dunlop test team and for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team - very successfully, by the way as him and his his EWC team-mate Kenny Foray achieved the victory - the 27-year-old is now on the grid again for the BCC Racing Team at the upcoming round of the International German Motorcycle Championship in Spielberg, Austria.
Reiterberger started his last visit to the championship in Schleiz with the old version of the BMW - the BMW S 1000 RR from the previous year for Andy Gerlich’s BCC Racing Team. For the races next weekend, Werner Daemen's team (EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW) has built a new BMW M 1000 RR for him, with which the German champion of 2013, 2015 and 2017 will do his laps on the fantastically located racetrack in the Styria. Andy Gerlich (BCC Racing) and Werner Daemen are already talking about concrete plans for further collaboration in the 2022 season, but the clear goal for the coming weekend is first and foremost victory. Should the weather conditions be right, Reiti is confident that he will achieve this goal.
“I'm really looking forward to Spielberg in Austria. This is my second home race after Schleiz from a distance kind of view. Schleiz is not that far from home and I had many friends and family with me who supported me. That was great. I'm really looking forward to riding in Austria. The Red Bull Ring is top standard as it is also a station on the MotoGP World Championship calendar. I hope the weather will play along well. I will be competing there for the first time at BCC Racing with the new BMW M 1000 RR that the team around Werner Daemen has built. I am really looking forward to this. Since it will be the first race with the new M, we have to get to grips and collect data first. But in Schleiz it was also my first race in the IDM for a long time and that worked out well. I'm looking forward to a great, accident-free and successful weekend. Victory is the clear goal here. "