Andrew Pitt says he is 'more motivated than ever' after reviving his World Superbike career with a two-year deal to race a Reitwagen Motorsport-prepared BMW S1000RR in 2010.
Despite having 47 World Superbike starts and a race win with the factory Yamaha team to his name, Pitt has not raced in the premier Superbike category for four years.
Nonetheless, the experienced Australian, who has previously raced in MotoGP and is a two-time winner of the World Supersport Championship, will return with the newly-formed Reitwagen Motorsport, the first team to run satellite BMWs in World Superbikes.
Set to be helmed by Alfred Inzinger, who masterminded Troy Corser's 1996 World Superbike win, Reitwagen will also include several key 'behind-the-scenes' members, such as technical manager Johan 'Stiggy' Stigefelt and chassis engineer Peter Goddard.
With this in mind, Pitt is satisfied that Reitwagen are serious about achieving success on the world stage and was therefore delighted to be renewing his WSBK career with them.
“After four years I'm very happy to be back in World Superbike and excited about riding for such a dedicated and passionate team,” he said. “The team also includes plenty of very experienced operators and BMW are obviously serious about the World Superbike program, so I think this is going to be a great thing.
A former Kawasaki and Ilmor rider at MotoGP level, Pitt returned to World Supersports in 2008 to claim a second title with Ten Kate Honda, but he struggled to defend his crown in 2009 and was subsequently dropped by the Dutch team. Nonetheless, Pitt is shrugging off his lacklustre year by stating this bold new challenge will motivate him again.
“I'm looking forward to the challenge of a new bike,” he added. “I've been working hard on my fitness and I'm more motivated than ever to have a successful two-years.”
Testing will get underway in February at the Australian Eastern Creek circuit, where Pitt will be joined by Austrian team-mate Roland Resch.