The World Superbike Championship grid will get a welcome boost in numbers for the tenth round of the season at the Nurburgring after it was confirmed that Matej Smrz and Markus Reiterberger will wild-card in their 'home' event.
As reported by Crash.net
last month, Smrz will return a Yamaha to the WSBK grid for the first time since the end of the 2011 season by entering the MGM Racing prepared YZF-R1 he rides in the German-based IDM Superbike series.
The Czech rider, younger brother of former WSBK regular Jakub Smrz, will have some inter-series honour to contend with though since he will be joined by promising German Reiterberger, who will line up on a BMW S1000RR prepared by the leading Van Zon – alpha Technik team.
Both riders – who will be riding revised versions of their respective bikes to bring them into line with WSBK regulations – are front runners in the keenly contested IDM Superbike series, with 19-year-old Reiterberger currently leading the standings after claiming his second win of the season last time out at Schleizer Dreieck, while Smrz is fifth overall.
Reiterberger is no stranger to the WSBK paddock, the youngster competing in the Superstock 1000 Cup in 2011 and 2012, peaking with a maiden podium finish at the Nurburgring last season.