After winning the inaugural BMW Motorrad Race Trophy last November, Markus Reiterberger has gone from strength to strength, winning this year’s IDM International German Championship SUPERBIKE with a round to spare. After wrapping up his IDM season in style with a pole position, a victory and a second place at the final round in Hockenheim, the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider got a taste of Superbike World Championship action with a points-scoring wildcard ride at Magny-Cours on the first weekend in October. And it’s WSBK where we’ll be seeing more of ‘Reiti’ in 2016, as he tells BMW Motorrad in this exclusive interview.
You’ve had 12 IDM victories and four runner-up finishes from 16 races this year, plus another IDM title won, with a 76-point advantage. You must be feeling good about your racing in 2015?
Yes, this year was very good. The whole team and I did a great job and we had a lot of success together. Everybody did their best for me and I am very proud to be part of this team.
Did you win more races than any other rider on an RR in any championship so far?
In IDM, nobody won 12 races in a single year, so I think yes for that series, but as for overall victories I don’t know the answer to that one.
How competitive would your IDM bike be in a WSBK race?
It’s difficult to say, but in the IDM round at Assen I was just 2/10 of a second slower than [newly-crowned 2015 WSBK Champion] Rea, but you never know exactly, because of the conditions… The IDM-specification BMW S 1000 RR is the best bike I have ever had, but the WSBK-spec BMW is even better.
Now you had the chance to race a wildcard entry at Magny-Cours in early October. How was this for you and is WSBK where you would like to be in 2016?
The wildcard rides were good to get more experience, but the great news is that next year I will ride the whole WSBK season with BMW – it’s a dream come true for me!
In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, you are currently in fourth place. Do you have a chance to climb further up the rankings before the end of the season?
I hope so. I will get bonus points for pole positions and for the title, so we will see at the end. If in the IDM series there would be more riders , then I would get more points, but there are only 10 SBK riders, so unfortunately I don´t get the maximum points.
Have you enjoyed the experience of doing more FIM Endurance World Championship races in 2015?
I’ve enjoyed it a lot. It’s a completely different type of racing that seems more like a team sport and I like this a lot.
Did you find it easy to adapt to this different style of racing with long periods racing in both day and night, with other riders in the same team?
At first I thought it was going to be quite difficult to adapt, but after a while I was surprised how easy it was. I actually enjoyed racing during the night a lot, and enjoyed the experience of racing with good team-mates.
Are you any closer to your dream of a ride in MotoGP?
For sure, like a lot of riders, MotoGP is my dream. But to ride in WSBK is unbelievable for me, so after this we will see what happens…
What kind of training programme are you doing over the winter to keep your fitness level high?
Now I will have the chance to ride a combination of motocross, enduro and speedway, which I cannot do in the racing season because of the high risks in getting injured. Furthermore, I will get a new fitness programme to work on and will spend time in the gym for sure.
Do you think everyone with a customer RR should do trackdays, advanced track training or even race schools to discover just how strong – and how much fun to ride – this bike can be?
If you have such a great bike you must go to the racetrack! You only see there, what the bike is able to do, and it’s unbelievable how much fun you have with the S 1000 RR.
Thanks Markus, and the very best of luck in 2016.