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  • Judith Pieper-Köhler

What does Reiti do right now?

After the postponement of the Le Mans 24 hours race of the Endurance World Championship, the upcoming events also had to give way due to the Corona Pandemic in the Asian Road Racing Championship. The races planned for late June and late July in Suzuka, Japan and at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China have been postponed for the time being. But neither the organizer of the ARRC, Two Wheels Motor Racing, nor the FIM Asia have an idea for an alternative date. There is no new calendar yet and so Markus Reiterberger has to be patiently waiting in his home town of Obing in Bavaria.

The spread of COVID-19 and the general health situation around the world are (among other things) a serious obstacle to racing and not only the two planned championships, in which Reiti has already achieved enormously good results this year, are on pause.

The legendary 24-hours race at Le Mans will continue the EWC at the end of August. After that, if everything goes according to plan, the season opener, the 24-hours Bol d'Or race in Le Castellet will take place for the second time this season, as the 8-hours race of Oschersleben in Germany was previously cancelled. The season will end in Suzuka, Japan with the 8-hours race on November 1st.

How the Asian championship will continue is still in the stars. But the 25-year-old multi-talent Reiti must not lose focus now and so he not only keeps himself fit with further physical training, but also deals with his workshop and the tuning business, which he also took over from his late mentor and friend Ralf Waldmann with the tuning of two-stroke mopeds and various motorized two-wheelers. This is a good practice for understanding the mobile pedestal and certainly not a disadvantage for Markus Reiterberger's further active racing career.

Markus Reiterberger:

"I currently have a lot of work to do and I am not bored. Unfortunately, none of this has anything to do with racing. I think it's a shame that the races had to be postponed. You don't know exactly when it will continue and how it will go on, but of course everyone's health comes first, so we just have to wait and see. Until July I am unemployed as a rider. But these are my main job and my passion, which are now on hold and I personally find that a very, very sad. It is a strange time right now.

Since I don't have a car at the moment, I ride to the workshop and back home on my BMW S 1000 RR, which I acquired through BMW sports funding and with the help of my long-time sponsor Motorrad Holzleitner. More is unfortunately not possible at the moment, but at least I keep the feeling for the two-wheeler and it is better than nothing!

I am currently a lot in my workshop and I have many clients, for which I am very grateful. There are people who have been worse off than me at the moment. I can now build on my mechanic apprenticeship again and what Waldi, my dad and my friends have taught me how to fix the mopeds. This is how I make my money at the moment until the racing continues.

Of course I also try to keep fit with training. It's just not so easy to stay motivated if you don't have a specific goal in mind. So far, I thought I was preparing to continue the championship at the end of June, but that was postponed and there is no new date. That's why I'm assuming that my racing career will continue at the end of August and set that as my new goal. I hope we all stay healthy. I would like to thank my fans, sponsors and everyone who has stood by me during this time for their loyalty and I hope that we will all see each other again in good health with some good luck on a racetrack of this world! "

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