MTP Racing made the lengthy trip to Rijeka, Croatia for a spot of testing, racing to continue their pre road racing season preparations, as they build towards a strong challenge in Europe’s premier real roads series, the International Road Racing Championship.
No.61 plate holder for this year’s Superbike and Senior TT races, David Datzer, enjoyed an extremely productive competitive stint in Croatia.
Post timed practice, the two Superbike races would see Datzer place second twice, finishing respectively just 0.110, 0.092 of a second behind race winners Marc Neumann and Marc Reiner Schmidt.
The final Superbike encounter also saw the likeable German set the fastest lap, lapping at 1 minute 27.366 seconds, which placed him second overall in terms of quickest competitors over the meeting, only bested by former Moto GP pilot Jonas Folger.
Team mate Johannes Schwimmbeck, who like fellow countryman Datzer is BMW Motorrad mounted, claimed overall successive sixth place finishes.
Leaving Rijeka satisfied with the progress made with BMW machinery, the Penz 13 supported MTP Racing outfit head into IRRC action next month at Hengelo, optimistic that podium finishes or better are a possibility.
Photo courtesy of Matthias Wolfstein
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou