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  • Judith Pieper-Köhler

Reiti is on the way to the season finale of the EWC in Most

The “Autodrom Most” in the Czech Republic is hosting the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) for the first time this season. Markus Reiterberger will be competing there with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in the fourth and final round of the 2021 season. The 6-hour race will take place on October 9th. The # 37 BMW M 1000 RR will again be guided by Reiti and his teammates Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA). Xavi Forés (ESP) will not be able to start in Most due to a shoulder injury that he sustained during a practice incident at the Bol d’Or in Le Castellet (FRA).

The famous “8 Hours of Suzuka” in Japan was originally intended as the season finale. Since this is not possible due to the Corona virus, the FIM EWC moved its season finale to Most in the Czech Republic. The event will take place together with the World Touring Car Cup (FIA WTCR). Most is new to the FIM EWC calendar, but Reiterberger still knows the track from his time in the IDM 125cc class. In addition, the team was testing the # 37 M RR in Most before the final.

The two qualifying sessions will take place on Thursday, October 7th. The race starts on Saturday, October 9th, at 11:00 a.m. CEST. The initially planned race duration was eight hours. For reasons of noise protection and to ensure sufficient daylight for the rider’s safety, however, it has now been shortened to six hours. As with every FIM EWC final, the number of points is increased by 150%, the winner receives 45 points, and five points are awarded for pole position.

The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took third place on the podium in the first two races of the season at Le Mans (FRA) and Estoril (POR). In race three at Le Castellet, the team fought again for the podium, but had to give up early due to a technical problem. In the championship standings, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team finished fifth, 21 points behind second place.

Markus Reiterberger: “Our test in Most went well and we are well equipped for the final six-hour sprint. I haven't been to Most for a while and I had to get to know the track again. I really like it and I'm looking forward to the final. It's going to be a real sprint race. We coped well with the test, the team prepared the bike well and I also think the track suits our Dunlop tires. I hope that the weather will cooperate, that we will have another great race weekend and that we will end the season in a good way and successfully. The team deserves to be rewarded for all of the hard work and I hope we can do it. It is a shame that Xavi (Forés) cannot take part in the final due to his injury. We hope that we can still give him a reason to celebrate from home and of course I wish him a speedy and good recovery. "

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