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  • Judith Pieper-Köhler

Reiterberger keeps the competition at bay and rides to a double victory

Last weekend, the International German Motorcycle Championship, in which Markus Reiterberger competes for the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team, had its fourth event of the 2022 season and it took place on the legendary Schleizer Dreieck. More than 30,000 fans from all over the world traveled to the almost 100-year-old natural race track in Thuringia, not to miss out on the spectacular racing action. Reiti's friends, family, sponsors and the fan club were also numerous in the audience and cheered on their hero on his way to a double victory.

Even the practice days went almost perfectly. Reiterberger led the time table in every practice session, set a new lap record and secured pole position. As always, Werner Daemen's team did a great job and provided the 28-year-old with a perfect bike. With only small changes to the set-up, the BMW M 1000 RR became a real lightning bolt and Reiti shot into race one on Sunday morning from pole position. But his main opponent Florian Alt didn't let go of him and followed him all the way round. But the Bavarian managed to get a lead gap that he was able to maintain to the finish. He secured himself the first win of the day.

Thanks to the reverse grid, Markus Reiterberger started the second race from ninth place on Sunday afternoon. After an ideal start, Reiti was already in third position in the second corner. After a small mistake, Alt was back on him. He could not shake him off for a long time, but over the last five laps he managed to give his BMW rival some breathing room and secured a perfect second win of the day. This was also the 100th victory for the Belgian team of his manager Werner Daemen, 50 of which were given to him by Reiterberger.

With a big grin on his face, the Bavarian is now traveling to his next appointment with the FIM Endurance World Championship. The legendary Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan will take place there on August 7th. He will be at the start again with his squad from the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at that venue. The IDM will have its fifth round of the season the following weekend in the cathedral of motorcycle racing, the TT Circuit in Assen in the Netherlands.

Markus Reiterberger:

"What can I say. This weekend was almost perfect! We managed to lead every session and were always at the top of the list. There was also a new lap record and I was able to achieve the double victory. What more do you want. My team did a fantastic job again this weekend. We tried a few things in the warm-up and were perfectly prepared. I got off to a great start in both races. Flo (Alt) was always dogging me, but I was able to shake him off both times and take home the win. That was really fun and is a great boost for the stressful coming weeks that lie ahead of me. With all the many fans from all over the world who traveled here to Schleiz, the atmosphere around the racetrack was just incredible. I can only say it again and again: Schleiz is wicked!”

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