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BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com to start home assault from 4th on the grid

Oschersleben, Germany. BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com will start it’s home race at the German Speedweek Oschersleben from fourth place on the starting grid.

Riders Markus Reiterberger (GER), Bastien Mackels (BEL) and Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP) all were able to improve their pace to earn a average lap time of 1:27,606 Minutes.

The third round of the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship starts tomorrow, Saturday 22nd of August at 12 o’clock on the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in the near of Magdeburg.

Reiterberger ended up with a time of 1:26,330 going slightly faster than in yesterday’s session. He posted the fastest time of the Qualifying amongst all riders. Mackels improved himself to a 1:27,882 and Vallcaneras cam on a 1:28,606.

Markus Reiterberger:
“We changed the bikes today and tried a different solution in our suspension settings. I was able to improve my best time on race tires but couldn’t get the most out of the qualifyer tire – I think if we find a compromise between our two bikes I could have done a mid 25 time. But anyways, it’s going to be about 8 hours and I am able to do my Qualifying time without a problem on race tires and on a constant base. We need to hope for some good luck tomorrow so that we do not have any problems, we will give all on track and the crew for sure at the pits. I am excited.”

Bastien Mackels:
“I am a little bit disappointed as we had Pole Position here last year on the Superstock bike and now we ended up being fourth ‘only’, which still is good. We experimented a bit with the suspension settings and a different rear shock today, so I could not do much more. But the positive thing is that I can do this times on a race tire and I think I can hold that for the race as well.”

Pedro Vallcaneras:
“Today we had a different bike set up especially with the suspension. I found it a bit harder to get the bike into the turns but still was able to improve my lap time. For sure I think I can even go faster during the race as I always do. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Rico Penzkofer:
“I am very satisfied. We had no crashes and were on a good pace. Of course some people now ask why we didn’t get the Pole Position like last year on the Superstock machine and now in the EWC we will start from P4 ‘only’: Last year we had a lot of data from the IDM which is more close to a Superstock bike plus in the STK there is no limitation on tire usage so we took that advantage last year. But for now everything is close together and we are set up well. We will see in the race that you will be mixing it at the front if you don’t suffer from technical problems or crashes. At the moment I don’t think anyone can ride away at the front. We will give our all – the riders on track and we in the pits – and then hope to be somewhere at the shard end after eight hours.”