BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com on provisional fifth for Oschersleben grid
Oschersleben, Germany. BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com has scored the provisional fifth starting place for Saturday’s 8 hours of Germany, third round to the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship. Riders Markus Reiterberger (GER), Bastien Mackels (BEL) and Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP) powered their BMW S 1000 RR to a average fastest lap time of 1:27.762. Reiterberger posted the fastest time of the day in 1:26,386 Minutes.
The Germany based BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com squad also secured the top spot for the first free practice this morning. Reiterberger was the only rider by then to lap under 1:27 Minutes, placing the squad 1.134 seconds clear ahead of the rest of the field.
Whilst yesterday’s test sessions and today’s free practice was held under cloudy skies and with slightly cooler temperatures the sun came out for the qualifying sessions this afternoon.
Reiterberger was the first rider to start his assault on a fast time ending up in posting the overall fastest time of the day in 1:26,386 Minutes – and placed himself on P1 of the group of the first riders.
Second one on track was Mackels who ended up missing the 27s shortly by posting a time of 1:28,070, showing re-grouped confidence and optimism to get the next bracket broken in tomorrows second session.
Also Spanish rider Vallcaneras showed himself on form for the Qualifying and lapped the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben circuit in 1:28,832.
The team’s average time was a 1:27,762 and fifth place for the provisional grid. First six teams of today’s Qualifying were separated by one second in the average result, only four riders managed times in the 1:26 Minute barrier.
“We had a decent start to the German Speedweek today. Setup wise we found a good solution for our suspension and also the electronics is already on a very good level. I put in the fastest lap of the day so for sure I can be satisfied but hope to further improve tomorrow.”
“It’s been a good day for us and I am just a little bit disappointed I didn’t manage a 1:27 today. But there is more to come tomorrow and I think we all have room for improvement and can get a stronger position after Qualifying 2.”
“I am satisfied today. I almost reached my best lap time from last year and I think I can go faster tomorrow. It was a pity I lost the first minutes of my session due to some issues we had to solve but with a couple of more laps in tomorrow I think I can go faster another time.”
“So far, so good. We had some minor issues with the rear wheel today which we could solve quickly but costing some time during the free practice and the qualifying sessions of Markus and Pedro. We haven’t had such a problem ever before so we need to find out what happened there. But on the other hand – if those will be it with problems for this weekend, then we take it. It is a pity but it happened in the practices so we still have time to make some adjustments for the race on Saturday where we hope to have no issues.”