- Judith Pieper-Köhler
The penultimate IDM race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria will be anything but relaxed for Reiti
Although Markus Reiterberger has already achieved the title of German IDM Superbike Champion since the last event of the International German Motorcycle Championship in Assen, Holland, this weekend at the Austrian racetrack, the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, will be anything but relaxed for the 28th -year-olds. The clear goal is to continue to win and the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team and Reiti will work on that again this weekend.
The Obinger comes fresh from a two days test in Le Castellet, France. There he was testing with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team for the final event of the 2022 EWC season, the 100th edition of the Bol d'Or. With P1 and P2 on test day one and P2 and P3 on test day two, the team was very successful and is confident about the 24-hour race. Reiterberger will not rest in Styria. The Red Bull Ring is bringing some variety back with the new chicane used in MotoGP and Reiti is very much looking forward to the two races being held so close to his home as many friends and family will support him over this weekend.
The BMW M 1000 RR is set up well and Markus Reiterberger is confident. His biggest opponent, Florian Alt, will try to challenge him for the top positions, even if he has to start from the back row again. The championship title does not change anything about Reiterberger's approach. He will give everything and is hoping for an accident-free race in nice weather.
“I came straight and fresh from Le Castellet, where I was testing with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. The Red Bull Ring is a new challenge again. It's the only track where I'm struggling a bit with the first places and I've rather achieved second and third places in the past here. But last year I didn't have as good material as now. The bike is perfectly set up. I also like the new chicane and it brings some variety. I'm looking forward to a race near my home again because there will be a lot of people here to support me. The big AirPower Show is also taking place at the same time, which is sure to be a spectacle. I hope for accident-free races in the best weather. The fact that I already have the championship title in my pocket doesn't change my ambitions. Of course I want to win as many races as possible and Flo (Alt) won't make it easy for me. Nevertheless, our cards are good and I am confident.”
You can follow the races live on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at www.idm.de/live.