- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Reiti and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team will start the 12-hour race in Estoril from second
Markus Reiterberger and the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team will start the 12-hour race in Estoril (POR) with the #37 BMW M 1000 RR from second on the grid. In the two-part qualifying on Thursday (QP1) and Friday (QP2), Markus Reiterberger and his two teammates Xavi Forés (ESP) and Kenny Foray (FRA) achieved an average lap time of 1: 38.773 minutes and thus secured second place on the grid for tomorrow's 12-hour race in Estoril. In the six individual sessions on Friday morning, Reiterberger was the fastest of the three BMW riders.
After a test on Tuesday, the event officially started with free practice on Thursday afternoon. The 27-year-old set the best time of 1: 39.094 minutes. His team-mate and long-time friend Xavi Forés undercut Reiti's best time in qualifying and set the fastest time of the day with 1:38.707 minutes. To determine the starting positions, the average value of the respective best times of the individual riders in a team is determined. This resulted in starting position two for tomorrow's race - a strong starting position for the ambitious goals of the team around Reiterberger's team manager Werner Daemen, who will celebrate his 50th birthday tomorrow and for whom another top three result would certainly be a nice gift.
The Estoril 12-hour race will start on Saturday (July 17) at 9:00 a.m. local time (10:00 a.m. CEST). servustv.com will broadcast the action online from 9:30 a.m. CEST via live stream.
Markus Reiterberger: “We can be satisfied with the qualifying times. Yesterday we all went out on one set of tyres. Xavi set a fantastic time, and Kenny and I did well on used tyres. It was cooler this morning and everyone was using new tyres. All three of us improved our times again. Second place is extremely important for the start. Now we will come up with a good tactic for tomorrow. It will be a tough, long, hot race with the hot temperatures here. But we all feel good and are happy with the lap times and the feeling on the bike. Thanks to the team and now full throttle in the race. "