- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Motorsport is calling again - next stop: 24 Heures Motos in Le Mans
Markus Reiterberger is surely relieved that after a long wait for coming back to the racetrack, it is finally starting again. The Bavarian has done a lot of testing in the last few months, but the 26-year-old really missed the adrenaline of a competition.
On Monday, he will travel with his van to France, to the legendary Bugatti race track in Le Mans, where the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team will participate in the endurance classic “24 Heures Motos”. After three days with one or two tests and training sessions still running, qualification for the 24-hour endurance race will take place on Friday, August 28th. On Saturday lunchtime, just in time for the 12 o'clock chime, the 43 registered teams will start the 43rd edition of the Le Mans 24-hour race.
The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, the official BMW factory team, is currently in second position in the Endurance World Championship. So a title would be quite possible, and that’s in the team's first year on the world endurance stage. Markus Reiterberger also approaches the event with great motivation. He has prepared well for this important mission over the past few months. The race will be broadcasted from Eurosport! Please check your country's channel.
Markus Reiterberger: “I am really very happy that things are finally starting again and now even with the endurance classic, the Le Mans 24-hour race. We already had very good test days on the racetrack in July and have prepared for this race in a very good cooperation. The pit stops were incredibly quick and the work on the set-up for our BMW S 1000 RR was great. I am very satisfied and therefore very motivated. My expectations for Le Mans are very high. We are currently in second place in the championship. So a world title is possible, so we have to do everything possible to do well at Le Mans.
Due to Corona there are again a lot of restrictions, for example no spectators are allowed on site. It will be very special for sure. During the race, as a rider, you ignore what is happening around you anyway. But the run-out lap will definitely be very strange without the cheering of the spectators."
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