FIM EWC: Markus Reiterberger in Sepang with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.

Munich. Markus Reiterberger (GER) will join the BMW Motorrad
World Endurance Team as the third rider for round two of the 2019/20
FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) at Sepang (MAS). The
25-year-old will alternate in the #37 BMW S 1000 RR saddle with
Kenny Foray (FRA) and Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR). The 8-hour race at
Sepang takes place on 14th December.


The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is contesting its debut season
in the FIM EWC with the newly-developed endurance version of the BMW S
1000 RR. Foray, Mikhalchik and Julian Puffe (GER) finished an
impressive third in the opening race of the season, the Bol d’Or at Le
Castellet (FRA) in September.


Reiterberger knows the Sepang circuit, is very familiar with the RR,
and has plenty of experience in endurance racing, having raced for BMW
teams in the FIM EWC on numerous occasions in recent years. He caught
the eye at Oschersleben (GER) in 2014, when he took pole position on
the team run Superstock RR. That was the first time a
Superstock had ever started an FIM EWC race from first place on the
grid. Reiterberger finished runner-up at the Bol d’Or with the same
team in 2017.


“We are pleased to have Markus on board with the BMW Motorrad World
Endurance Team at Sepang,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc
Bongers. “We are confident that, in collaboration with his team-mates
Kenny and Ilya, Markus will be able to use his wealth of experience in
terms of the RR and endurance racing, as well as his knowledge of the
circuit, to help us to achieve good results at Sepang. Then there is
the fact that he knows Werner Daemen’s team very well, which will be
another advantage. The race at Sepang has a very strong field, as it
acts as qualifying for the 8-hour race in Suzuka. We are well
positioned with this fast and experienced trio.”


“I am very happy that Markus will be riding for us at Sepang,” said
Team Manager Werner Daemen. “With his experience gained in the
Superbike World Championship and his talent, he will support Kenny and
Ilya superbly. Markus was incredibly fast in Sepang in 2016. Back
then, he almost finished on the podium in the Superbike World
Championship. Maybe he might make the difference for us. We used the
final round of the Spanish Superbike Championship at Jerez de la
Frontera to prepare for the next outing in the Endurance World
Championship, with regard to the set-up of the bike and the Dunlop
tyres. I am confident that we will be able to be strong with our bike.
Perhaps luck will play a role again, as it did at Le Castellet.”


“I would like to thank Werner and the team for the opportunity to
race at Sepang,” said Reiterberger. “I am already really looking
forward to Sepang. It is an excellent circuit and I was on for my best
result in the Superbike World Championship there in 2016. I was
running a safe fourth until shortly before the finish, when I had to
retire due to a technical issue. With that in mind, I have fond
memories of Sepang. The track offers plenty of grip and I think we are
well-placed to do well with our bike. I have two strong team-mates and
together we will do everything we can to get a top result.”


The team will continue its preparations with another test in Sepang
in the week before the 8-hour race.