Monday, April 26


THOSE watching the Sky television broadcasts from round four of the HANNspress Superbike World Championship at Assen in the Netherlands last night may have noticed the grid was a little thinner than usual - not that it hurt the action any!

Missing were the Reitwagen BMWs of Australian Andrew Pitt and Roland Resch of Austria, the team managed by Andreas Werth.

It is no secret that the Reitwagen team missed most of the pre-season testing while waiting for bikes. Also, the delay in a competitive electronics package saw the team running bikes that were in almost a Superstock level of trim - almost stock engines with slightly upgraded chassis.

With these problems not looking to be resolved in time for Assen, and with problematic financial issues, it was decided that the team would not compete this weekend.

Explaining their non-appearance at Assen, Pitt issued this statement:

“Obviously I’m disappointed, I’m a spectator here at Assen and I love this circuit. I found out we were not racing here during the week. I was hoping for a finish closer to the top 10.

“I’m told there is some financial restructuring going on and that there is no point racing until the bike can be further developed, so the aim is to make a comeback at Monza.”