- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Reiti and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team have to give up the battle for the podium
After finishing on the podium in the previous two races of the FIM Endurance World Championship 2021 (FIM EWC), the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team also fought for the top spots at the Bol d’Or in Le Castellet (FRA). But the 24-hour race came to an early end for the team around Markus Reiterberger and his teammates Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA). During the night the team had to give up due to a technical problem and end the 24 hours of the legendary race on the Paul Ricard Circuit after only seven and a half hours.
The team was already in fourth position when Mikhalchik had problems with the power train and had to bring the bike back to the pits. The team around team manager Werner Daemen tried everything to be able to continue the race, but finally had to make the decision not to continue. It will now investigate in depth what the exact cause of the problem was. For Reiterberger and the entire team crew, the outcome of the 24-hour race, for which they had prepared so well, is disappointing. But now is no time to bury your head in the sand. The season finale will take place in Most in the Czech Republic in just three weeks, and there will be another battle for important championship points.
The 84th edition of the Bol d’Or marked the third round of the 2021 season in the FIM EWC. The final, the 8-hour race in Most, Czech Republic, will be held on October 9th.
Markus Reiterberger: “Of course we are all very disappointed. The team tried everything to get us back on track. But unfortunately we had to give up. It's a shame that the weekend in Le Castellet ended like this. But we do not let our heads down and are now preparing for must, where we will report back in our old strength. "