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Successful trip to the Spanish Superbike Championship

Double victory on the GP circuit in Valencia

Markus Reiterberger took part in the Spanish Superbike Championship at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia last weekend as Dunlop test rider with the new BMW M 1000 RR and the Dunlop Test Team and won both races in the "Open Class". In the overall standings, the 27-year-old also won both races ahead of local hero Jordi Torres. However, because he exceeded the track limits in race one on Saturday, the overall victory of the first race was retrospectively revoked. However, this decision did not change anything about the victory in the Open Class in the first race.

The second race on Sunday ran over 18 laps after it was stopped and then restarted. Reiti led dominantly from start to finish and with a sufficient lead over the group of pursuers. He won the race with a lead of more than five seconds.

In addition to his commitment in the World Endurance Championship with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and half of the IDM season (since Schleiz) with the BCC Racing Team, Reiterberger has been working as a Dunlop test rider for the whole season. He is very happy that the Dunlop test team is taking part in national championships in addition to the important tyre development work as part of this, giving Reiti the opportunity to apply his work directly and gain important racing experience. For the Bavarian there is still a test this year with Dunlop on the home track in Mireval in France, then the season will also be over for him. For the coming year, the contract for the Endurance World Championship with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is signed. Participation in another championship, such as the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) or the Asian Road Racing Championship (ARRC) are currently still open, but are also being discussed.

Markus Reiterberger:

I am very happy that I have the opportunity to take part in other championships with the Dunlop Test Team and gain important experience. The ESBK is a very competitive championship and the riders who take part are quick and have a lot of experience too. I won both races this weekend, the second of which by a good margin. I even had the time to treat myself to a long wheelie for the finish and to sacrifice a few tenths for it. The team did a great job and I'm happy to be part of it. Now there is one more test in Mireval and then the season will be over for me. I have the contract for the EWC for 2022. We'll see what else comes. The IDM as well as the ARRC are interesting for me. I also enjoy working as a test rider. Everything is possible."

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