KTM hands Reiterberger first MotoGP test
28 September 2017 – KTM handed a first MotoGP test run to Superbike rider Markus Reiterberger during private running at MotorLand Aragón this week.
KTM's trio of MotoGP riders – Pol Espargaró, Bradley Smith and tester Mika Kallio – were joined by Reiterberger, with the Moto2 and Moto3 outfits also present.
Reiterberger, 23, races in World Superbikes for BMW, and was afforded the chance to ride the RC16 at the Aragón Grand Prix venue.
"I first want to say to KTM a big thank you for making this happen and for my team to let me test," he said.
"The feeling is amazing for the first few laps over a day where I did about seven runs and improved a little bit for the feeling and for the lap time, so in the end I was happy.
"Of course there is a little bit of time to make up but after half a day I'm really happy to test this MotoGP bike, so we will see what the future brings.
"The riding style is completely different and it's a little bit difficult to understand how to ride the bike but you need to ride much smoothly.
"It's different from a Superbike where you have to brake as hard as possible, turn it and open the gas as you really have to ride this one smoothly.
"That's where the time will come if I get the possibility to try a MotoGP bike again."
Reiterberger, following an injury-hit campaign, holds 19th in the World Superbike standings.