With as many thrills and spills as race one, the second race brought an unexpected finish and championship consequences.
In a race that would be vital for the championship, a fast pace was set by the race leader, ensuring that there would be few overtakes in the earlier stages, and that the fast men left the slow far behind.
Race one was held on a dry, warm and windy track with quite a few DNFs due to front end crashes.
The race was won by Max Biaggi ahead of the Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes, who led at a blistering pace for most of the race, had what looked like it could have been an electronics issue, finished in fourth place after slowing a second a lap. Leon Camier in fifth started from the back of the grid, due to an issue that made him enter the warm-up lap from the pits.
The Nürburgring in Germany is an iconic location. The famous 13-mile Nordschleife attached to the GP track is a mecca for motorsports fanatics wanting to test their bravery and car factories wanting to test their latest models. The GP-Strecke is the GP track that the Superbikes race at. It was completed in 1984 and is used for Formula 1, DTM, World Superbikes and others. It was built on the site of the old Sudschleife, the south ring to the Nordschleife's north ring, and connects to the larger track at the tight Coca Cola curve that leads on to the start/finish straight.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Saturday's qualifying sessions at the Nurburgring in Germany:
Rea happy with fifth in Germany
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two 12th round World Superbike championship races from the second row of the grid after setting the fifth fastest time in the Superpole qualifying session this afternoon at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The chances of a MotoGP round taking place in Austin, Texas seem further away than ever. Yesterday, Kevin Schwantz filed suit against the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), claiming an attempt to fraudulently deprive the 1993 500cc World Champion of the rights to organize the MotoGP race to be organized at the circuit outside of Austin, Texas. In the lawsuit, Schwantz accuses COTA of going behind his back to arrange a deal directly with Dorna to organize the Austin round of MotoGP, while Schwantz' company, 3fourTexasMGP, has a ten-year contract to organize the race.
The front row of the World Supersport race was separated by under a third of a second.
Jules Cluzel grabbed his fifth pole position of the year, nine thousandths of a second ahead of fellow PTR Honda rider Sam Lowes. Broc Parkes on the Ten Kate Honda was a couple of hundredths behind while Kenan Sofuoglu's Kawasaki was a positively glacial three tenths further back. Fabien Foret heads the front of the second row.
Every pole position this season has been held by one of the four men on the front row, yet only three of them are in real contention for the title.
Germany gave us a dry superpole, with three sessions whittling down the top sixteen to their final grid positions.
In Superpole One, Salom crashed on the last corner of his out lap, guaranteeing him 16th place and spreading litter over the final corner. This caused a red flag to allow the track crew to clear the debris. After the restart, Nicolo Canepa didn't leave his pit and was automatically relegated to 15th. Chaz Davies put in the fastest time, a 1'54.609 on a qualifier, ahead of Loris Baz and Marco Melandri.
Early on, Tom Sykes set a blistering 1'54.996 and the rest of the session everyone set about trying to get close to it. With five minutes remaining, Max Biaggi put in two laps within a tenth of a second but even this couldn't topple the qualifying king. Jonathan Rea continued his good form ahead of the BMWs of Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam and the rest of the top ten were within just over a second of Sykes.
Will Carlos Checa's outright qualifying record of 1'54.144 fall when the qualifiers go on?
The morning's free practice session was dominated by Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu, with the Englishman setting the fastest time of the two. Fabien Foret was able to hold off Jules Cluzel for third.
Very early on in this morning's qualifying session, Marco Melandri was the only one to make an immediate improvement on yesterday's times, and he held the top spot near the end, but with a couple of minutes to go, Jonathan Rea went three hundredths faster to claim provisional pole. Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa rounded out the provisional front row with Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano heading the second.
The top five qualifiers are also the top five men in the championship, albeit in the wrong order.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice in Germany:
Jules learning fast in Germany
PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel got up to speed quickly on his first visit to the Nurburgring in Germany for the 11th round of the World Supersport Championship, securing provisional second place on the grid while learning the track.
1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz is to lead a charity bicycle ride from Donington Park in the UK to Misano in Italy, in memory of Marco Simoncelli and to raise money for the Simoncelli Foundation and other charities. Below is the press release issued by the organizers of the event:
SCHWANTZ READY TO LEAD 'CYCLE OF WISHES' FROM DONINGTON TO MISANO
On the Nürburgring GP-Strecke, the track adjoining the famous Nordschleife, Althea Ducati's Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa shared the spoils on a sunny and dry Friday. The morning was Giugliano's and the afternoon was Checa's. Checa complained about alack of grip while Giugliano was recording fas laps on the harder tyre all day. This is a track that Checa reckons the Ducati goes well at, and one he could try and remount an assault on the championship table, something that's not going the World Champion's way right now.
Current world champion Carlos Checa and his Althea Ducati team mate Davide Giugliano topped the tables in timed practice today, with Checa half a second faster than the qualifying king Tom Sykes back in provisional third place. Eugene Laverty and Leon Haslam both out qualify their Italian team mates, while Lorenzo Zanetti manages to go faster than his new team mate Sylvain Giuntoli. With one more qualifying session tomorrow morning to determine who goes through to the Superpole rounds, replacement rider Lorenzo Lanzi is probably hoping for rain tomorrow.