WSBK – World Superbike: Reiterberger withdraws for the 2017 season – Used BMW

World Superbike: Reiterberger withdraws from 2017 season

WSBK - World Superbike: Reiterberger withdraws for the 2017 season - Used BMW

The n ° 21 of the BMW Althea team will not be traveling to Assen in two weeks: ridden last year in WorldSBK, the two-time German Superbike champion Markus Reiterberger has decided to draw a line on his second season in order to treat his injury to the back. Explanations.

"You sometimes have to take the first corner of a chicane less quickly in order to negotiate the second perfectly. That’s how you get the best time", illustrates Markus Reiterberger who has just made the heavy but wise decision to put his sports career in parentheses…

Victim of a big fall at the end of June 2016 during (Italy), the German motorcycle speed driver had fractured two vertebrae (T10 and T12). In his misfortune, "Reiti" had benefited from the long summer break to try to recover..

WSBK - World Superbike: Reiterberger withdraws for the 2017 season - Used BMW

Absent in (United States) at the beginning of August, Markus was back home from the next event in (Germany) in mid-September. Very swift the first day (second!), The double IDM champion (2013 and 2015) was on "his" starting grid but had not seen the checkered flag neither in nor in round.

Since his return to competition, the No. 21 of the BMW Althea team has only entered the Top 10 in the race twice, while his teammate Jordi Torres has hardly ever left the World Top 8. No doubt frustrated at not being able to fully exploit his own S1000RR, Markus has decided to withdraw from the Superbike World Championship..

Markus Reiterberger will therefore not be at the start of the scheduled in two weeks in Assen (Netherlands). The name of his replacement is not yet known: stay tuned !

WSBK - World Superbike: Reiterberger withdraws for the 2017 season - Used BMW

Markus Reiterberger, BMW Althea n ° 21

“After some serious consideration I decided to step aside from WorldSBK. We started well last season, but I couldn’t continue like this. So I chose to focus on a full recovery as well as my racing career. I am truly grateful to the Althea BMW Racing Team for giving me the experience in WorldSBK. I am now looking forward to new challenges. I want to thank my sponsors for having me supported in this World Championship adventure. I also extend my thanks to the members of the Althea BMW Racing team for their work. I have always felt supported by my friends, family and fans and I am very proud. Participating in the WorldSBK Championship has always been my dream. With this experience, I will work hard to come back ".

Genesio Bevilacqua, Team manager Althea BMW Racing Team

"I am obviously very saddened to share this news. I consider Markus to be a strong athlete with considerable talent who could have matched the Superbike category. Unfortunately, the accident he suffered in Misano complicated the situation. because he was never able to regain the confidence he had at the start of the 2016 season. I think this decision makes us all sad: me, the whole Althea team and BMW. I think it is It is normal that he wants to find some serenity. Markus is only 23 years old and he has plenty of time to recover and bounce back. We wish him good luck and we hope to see him again stronger than ever, whatever the bike. He will undoubtedly regain the physical condition necessary to shape his future ".

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