German rider was right up the front throughout the entire weekend for his best results of the season!
In what was a thrilling Motul Dutch Round at the TT Circuit Assen, one name stood out amongst the grid. Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) completed one of his best racing weekends to-date, with two mighty sixth place finishes – his first back-to-back top tens since the Chang International Circuit, way back in 2016.
Having had his best ever Tissot Superpole session which resulted in him finishing in third, the German rider was a frontrunner for the opening few laps in Race 1, even closing down race leader Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in the final sector. Having dropped back to sixth position but remaining as top BMW, he achieved the same result in Race 2, having to fight his way through from a bad start.
With the positive results bagged, Reiterberger said: “It was a solid weekend, two sixth places are really important for us and for our work. The team worked really hard to give me a bike I need to be fast and we made progress in all of the sessions. The two races on Sunday were also really nice; the start in Race 1 was really good, the start in Race 2 not so good! The next goal is the top five!”
Reiterberger’s start to the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship was not the best, having been taken out of action at MotorLand Aragon by Jonathan Rea on the start line before retiring with a mechanical problem in Race 2. The two sixth places are his first top tens of the season, too.
Looking ahead to the next round in Imola, Reiterberger stated: “The race in Imola is always really physical for the riders, so we will see. Normally, this track is really good for our bike as some corners on the track require a bike with good handling, something our bike has a lot of! Let’s see what BMW bring for upgrades to the round and then we can try our best from there!”
The German also continued the run started by Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) for German riders inside the top ten in consecutive races, as it now stands at 11. Reiterberger’s front row also made it the first time in ten years that German riders have been on the front row after Superpole in two consecutive rounds.
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