The young Austrian Kevin Reiterer starts into his season fired up for a new kind of racing event. The first stop of the UIM World Cup took place in Doha, Qatar where the best of the World thought for the early points lead of the 5 stop racing cup.
Reiterer qualified third and had a good spot on the starting line. However, a last minute change of his racing boat to a backup boat made him start in the back of the field. “I felt really comfortable on the backup ski and had no problem to fight my way up front.” explains the sport student. As the 22 year old came quick through the field and caught up to third it seemed he could not hold his previous pace of approximately 5-7 sec faster lap times than the leaders. Reiterer dropped by far and still managed to finish third due to a technique problem in the last few laps. In the second Moto it seemed Nacho Amillias (ESP) and Kevin Reiterer had a battle on their hands for taking the overall victory as both of them were riding on a high base. The Austrian suffered a breakdown and the Spanish finished on the top step of the Podium followed by Jeremy Poret (FRA). Despite the bad luck of Reiterer, he could finish second behind current Slalom World Champion Jeremy Poret in the first Slalom event of the 2015 World Cup.
The next stop of the UIM World Cup will take place in Italy in more than 2 months. The Top riders of the world will be preparing at their home test tracks to get ready for the European Grand Prix.
Story & Photos by: Kevin Reiterer Media