Reiterberger back at top with UK pole

Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:55 GMT

Championship leader heads STK1000 line into Sunday

Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW) shot back in phenomenal fashion after a frustrating weekend at Imola, with his third pole of the 2018 European Superstock 1000 Championship season. The German was untouchable throughout the thirty-minute session, and proved again that in dry conditions he is a tough rider to match.

Reiterberger’s closest rival in the title battle, Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team), will make his presence known tomorrow, however, as he will start from second at Donington Park. The Italian is one point away in the standings, and a good start tomorrow could propel him straight past the German.

Completing an all-BMW front row, Alessandro Delbianco (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team) scored the third fastest time of the day and recorded an all-around great performance, marred only by a late crash through Fogarty Esses.

In row 2, Maximilian Scheib (Aprilia Racing Team) leads the way in fourth, despite also going to ground during the session, at turn 12 in his case. Fifth fastest time went to Florian Marino (URBIS Yamaha Motoxracing STK Team), with Federico Sandi (MOTOCORSA Racing) in sixth. Luca Vitali (Aprilia Racing Team) made his way into row 3 with the seventh fastest time, ahead of Jan Buehn (alpha Racing- Van Zon-BMW) in eighth, and Riccardo Russo (C.M. Racing) in ninth, with Eric Vionnet (MOTOS VIONNET) closing the top ten.

Can Reiterberger hang on to his lead? Find out tomorrow live from Donington Park, with lights out 15:15 local time (14:15 GMT), thanks to the WorldSBK VideoPass!