Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport organizers and teams:
As the riders lined up on the grid, it started to rain. Immediately, the race start was delayed by fifteen minutes and dropped down to only twenty laps. The riders set up for a quick start procedure with one sighting lap before a reduced grid. It was declared a wet race. After that, the warmup lap was completed and riders lined up at the lights. A few hands went up and the yellow board came out declaring "START DELAYED".
As the rain continued to pour down, the bikes were pulled off the grid and the riders in the safety commission, including Rea, Hayden, Davies and Guintoli, were then summoned to a meeting. Would a race be safe?
After a thirteen week absence, World Supersport returns. Randy Krummenacher closed in on championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu by two points in the summer as Federico Caricasulo lost his second place in Misano from a fuel infraction. Would he be able to close the gap even further?
Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Germany:
Press releases after the first WorldSBK race and qualifying for the WSS class from the Lausitzring in Germany:
Lausitzring: Day 2
Nine years since the last World Superbike race at this American-style oval track with a nadgery infield, Noriyuki Haga's lap record would most certainly fall, but how quickly? The Lausitzring was completely dry in time for the first race of the weekend but the riders lined up without having done a race simulation and the rain having washed the rubber build-up off the track. All bets were off.
Twenty-three World Supersport riders poured out of the pits to contest the two promotions and a chance of pole position after a break of thirteen weeks. Kyle Smith, fastest this morning in the wet, and Zalfumi Khairuddin are the two quickest riders yesterday to be in the first session.
After an absence of ten weeks, World Superbike returns to a track that it has not visited since 2007. Jonathan Rea, quickest this morning in the damp conditions, is the rider most likely to get promoted from Superpole 1 with Davide Giugliano or Alex De Angelis most likely to join him.
In the wet untimed session, Kyle Smith set all four fastest laps and, until the end of the session, was over a second clear of everyone else. Ayrton Badovini and Kenan Sufuoglu sneaked in fast laps at the end to make it look a lot closer than it was.
A wet Lausitzring hosted the morning's untimed session and Jonathan Rea topped the table as several riders crashed out. Alex Lowes crashed halfway through and brought out the red flags while Markus Reiterberger and Nicky Hayden crashed after the restart.
Update: Alex Lowes has been confirmed fit, having suffered an elbow sprain in his FP3 crash.