Aussie and Austrian making steady progress

Friday, 16 April 2010 12:18 GMT
Aussie and Austrian making steady progress
The Reitwagen BMW team had an up and down Valencia round, inevitable maybe for such a young team with a new bike to develop at this stage. But considering the level of competition they are up against, Andrew Pitt and Roland Resch each took something positive away from their Valencia weekend.

In Pitt's case it was a single point, but simply more time and machine development will be needed to get him further up the finishing order, he believes. ‘At the moment, we are more or less at the limit of what we can do with what we have got and we need some updates. But Assen is only a fortnight away and it's hard to get all the work done when we have so little time in our workshops. The strange thing is that in some areas we are very competitive, but we are getting hurt exiting the turns - especially at a tight track like Valencia. I hope we'll get some updates for Assen because I think it's the kind of track that will be better for us than Valencia.'

For Roland Resch, getting back on his regular race machine after suffering a hard collarbone injury in Australia allowed him to finish at least one race in Spain. ‘Firstly, I am very happy that I have finished my first race for the team! After having to DNF in race one, I was determined to finish race two no matter what. Also, at the end of the day, I feel physically very good and have no pain from my shoulder at all. Valencia gave me a good workout and I managed it without any problems. Obviously stopping after just two laps in race one was not so good, but at least I was able to go the distance in race two. It was also good fun chasing Andrew and Max (Neukirchner) in race two and I really enjoyed that fight. Each day here, my pace has improved and I now feel I'm back! Now, I'm looking forward to Assen and hoping that it will be a better track for our bike.'