Markus Reiterberger and Jan Bühn, together with their alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW team, completed the test marathon for the upcoming Superstock European Championship. First comparison with the competition sets team principal Werner Daemen positive.
Superstock 1000 pilots Markus Reiterberger and Jan Bühn started their individual roll-up already before the team preparations for the STK season began at the Circuito Andalusia and in Aragon. Reiti previously participated in a promotional campaign at a BMW Motorrad Motorsport event in Valencia with the new HP4 Race motorbike and Jan Bühn completed several laps at the Pirelli Test in Alcarras for his Endurance World Championship Team Völpker NRT # 48.
At Circuito Andalusia Reiterberger and Bühn got acquainted with their new equipment. Compared to the IDM motorcycle, the two Superstock1000 riders have to go hunting for laptimes with profiled tires instead of slicks. Overall, the new STK motorcycle is quite similar to their well known IDM bikes.
Reiterberger felt right at home on the new racetrack and already rode the unofficial track record for motorcycles with 1: 53.7 min in the three test days. Jan Bühn also took the time to get to know the new bike in the best possible way.
At their next destination MotorLand Aragón the two teammates then met some future competitors of the STK 1000 category. Reiterberger was able to get to the top of the field right from the start on the first day of the test, only to be second on the Superbike World Championship factory rider Rinaldi. Given the differences in performance between the SBK Ducati factory machine and the Superstock BMW by Reiterberger, a remarkable performance by the young bavarian rider.
The first race of the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship takes place from 13.-15. April in Aragón, Spain.
Werner Daemen (BEL; Team Principal alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)
„Our superstock tests were very satisfactory. We were very strong from the beginning and we were hoping for that, but you never know that in advance. Markus already made a very good impression in Almeria and was very fast in Aragon as well. With Reitis Superstock motorcycle our lap times were not far from the SBK Ducati. Jan has also confirmed that he has rightly stepped up to the STK1000 category. We have a good package to fight in this high competitive racing series.“
Markus Reiterberger (GER; STK alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)
„Finally the season starts again. I was warming up with the HP4 Race in Valencia and then it went around on the new Circuito Andalusia. Our Superstock bike is quite similar to the IDM motorcycle, but has only profiled tires – not such adhesive slicks as in the IDM. I really like the course version of Circuito Andalusia, it reminds me of the Schleiz racetrack in Germany. I was able to improve day by day and at the end I rode the unofficial track record. Awesome track – awesome bike.
I was really looking forward to the following test in Aragon – I like the track. I was really fast right away. With a good basic set-up, I rode a 1: 54.3 min in the very first flying lap and was able to improve quickly. We only had to restrict our test program in one day, because the weather did not play along. With high ’52s we have been consistently fast. In a small race to finish the event, I even managed to put some pressure on Rinaldi with his Superbike World Championship Ducati until my Superstock tire was not competitive anymore. In the end, it was enough for second place (behind the factory Ducati) with five seconds to the next pursuers. The team has done a great job and I can´t want to fight for the STK podium.“
Jan Bühn (GER; STK alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)
„Two very good tests lay behind us. The first step was to ride down the winter grid in Andalucia and then work on the fine-tuning in Aragon. Unfortunately, we had a bit of bad luck with the weather in Aragon, so we lost a day. The team did a great job and despite the reduced training time, we were able to get a very good set-up for the first race in less than 4 weeks. Since most of the STK riders were on site, we saw that we were doing well! I’m ready for the first race!“
Calendar FIM STK1000 European Championship
13.-15. April: Aragón (ESP)
20.-22. April: Assen (NED)
11.-13. May: Imola (ITA)
25.-27. May Donnington (UK)
08.-10. June: Brno (CZ)
06.-08. July: Misano (ITA)
14.-16. September: Portimao (POR)
28.-30. September: Magny-Cours (FR)