The circuit of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain saw plenty of race action at the weekend. The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) held its penultimate round at the Andalucian track. At the same time, Jerez hosted the 2017 season finale of the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000). It was dominated by German BMW rider Markus Reiterberger who competed in the last STK1000 race of the year with a wild card.
FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship
It was the perfect dress rehearsal for Markus Reiterberger (GER) and the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team in the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000).
In preparation for their 2018 entry in the championship they competed with a wild card in the 2017 season finale at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP).
Reiterberger dominated the action on his BMW S 1000 RR. In qualifying, he secured pole position by setting a new lap record. He then also delivered a fantastic race performance, taking the win with an advantage of over five seconds. Fellow BMW rider Federico Sandi (ITA / Berclaz Racing Team) was fighting with Reiterberger at the top but then dropped back in the closing stages of the race and eventually crossed the line in seventh. Marco Faccani (ITA / Althea BMW Racing Team) followed immediately behind in eighth.
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I can’t help but wonder what the plans are for the HP4 Race version of the S1000RR. Is that bike going to be the machine that powers these riders and will it be the vehicle through which BMW Motorrad re-enters the World Superbike competition. I guess we’ll know next year.