Summer sun welcomes scorching STK1000 race
Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW) rode to another spectacular win in the European Superstock 1000 Championship, increasing his championship lead to 14 points with just two rounds to go. The German was unstoppable from lights to flag at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, taking his fourth win of the campaign ahead of Maximilian Scheib (Aprilia Racing Team) and Riccardo Russo (MOTOCORSA Racing).
As the lights went out it was a stunning start for Reiterberger as he looked as comfortable as always on his BMW machine, never looking back once he got away from the line. But his competitors were on the hunt for the podium, as Scheib kept one eye on the championship standings looking for second position.
Keeping the fight going until the end of the race, there were two stunning battles on the cards for the final podium spots, with Scheib just managing to hold off Russo in the closing laps. The Chilean, who started the race from fifth, takes his fifth consecutive podium of the year and remains well in contention for the championship. The Italian won’t be too displeased however, as the former MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship rider managed to grab just his second STK1000 podium.
Another exciting battle behind took place between home heroes Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team) and Federico Sandri (MOTOCORSA Racing). After a poor start to his race, falling to eighth, ‘Tambo’ mounted a sensational comeback, finally beating his fellow countryman in the last lap for fourth position, with Sandi in fifth.
Wildcard Axel Bassani (DMR Racing) finished the Misano race in sixth, ahead of Florian Marino (URBIS Yamaha Motoxracing STK Team) in seventh. A trio of Italian riders closed off the top ten, with Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) in eighth, Luca Vitali (Aprilia Racing Team) in ninth, and Gabriele Ruiu (Team Pedercini Racing) tenth.
Re-live all of the sensational STK1000 action on the WorldSBK VideoPass, as we head into the summer break.