The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is amongst the absolute best at the finals of the FIM Endurance World Championship 2019/20 in Estoril in Portugal again. Markus Reiterberger (GER) and his team mates Kenny Foray (FRA) and Peter Hickman (GBR) secured third place on the grid in the qualifying sessions for the “12 Hours of Estoril” (POR) on the # 37 BMW S 1000 RR. The average time of the best lap times from the individual qualifying sessions was 1: 39.370 minutes.
The qualifying on the 4.182 kilometer long “Circuito do Estoril” was held in six individual sessions on Thursday and Friday. Each of the three riders completed two 20-minute sessions in their group. Reiterberger set the absolute best qualifying time and a new lap record with the #37 BMW S 1000 RR. After being the fastest in his group on Thursday, “Reiti” stepped up the pace on Friday morning and set the fastest time of all qualifying sessions with the new record of 1: 38.447 minutes.
The "12 Hours of Estoril" will start on Saturday at 8 am local time and end at 8 pm.
Markus Reiterberger on qualifying for the 12 hours of Estoril:
“We can be very satisfied with the qualifying. All three riders put in good laps yesterday. For today we improved the bike a bit and I managed several really great laps. The fact that I set a new lap record was of course great. Kenny and 'Hicky' also improved again today. We are very confident and are looking forward to the race. I think we can do a good job and I hope we can get through without any problems. The goal is definitely the podium, if not more."
More news came from the British Superbike Championship today. Reiti will contest the next round of the BSB alongside Peter Hickman on the weekend after Estoril in Donington Park for the Smiths BMW Team.
Markus Reiterberger on his assignment in the BSB at the beginning of October:
“I am delighted that I have the chance to compete for the Smiths BMW Team on the side of Peter Hickman in the British Superbike Championship in Donington Park next weekend. The level in the BSB is very high, especially because there is little support from electronics - no traction and wheelie control, for example. Thanks to the support of alpha Racing, I can take two of my long-term companions, my new crew chief and my long-term suspension expert, with me and have the chance to recommend myself in another championship. I've never raced in the BSB and I'm really excited. I will try to put on a good show and look forward to the weekend with Smiths BMW in Donington Park. My expectations are quite high, even if I know that I shouldn't set them too high due to the lack of preparation time. We'll see how it goes. "