BMW’s Markus Reiterberger and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman both delivered stellar performances.
BMW racer Markus Reiterberger had his career-first victor
y during this weekend. The 26-year-old will contest the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) for the ONEXOX BMW TKKR SAG Team this season, with backing from BMW Motorrad Motorsport and partner alpha Racing. The season opener was held at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur. Reiterberger caused a stir on his BMW S 1000 RR right from the start.
Before the actual race weekend, a test was scheduled for the start of the week in Sepang in which Reiterberger set another lap record. He went on to set further records in the practice and qualifying sessions. This saw him claim pole position on his RR. However, it started raining just in time for the first race, and Reiterberger was in fourth place when he saw the chequered flag. In the dry second race, he lived up to his standing as favourite and celebrated his first win of the season with a lead of almost eight seconds.
“We’re delighted with the win,” said Reiterberger. “Undoubtedly there are a few areas in which we could improve. But apart from a few minor details, I’m really happy. I’d like to thank my whole crew at the ONEXOX BMW TKKR SAG Team and alpha Racing. I’ve got most of my former crew with me again with these guys. They were able to help me solve a lot of problems and consistently improved the conditions for me. The support of my fans, friends, sponsors, followers and family is also superb.”
Reiterberger’s team-mate Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman finished the two races in sixth and tenth place.