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Race one was held on a dry, warm and windy track with quite a few DNFs due to front end crashes.
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. The first corner is a bowl-shaped hairpin, a scene of many comings together in the past, and the rest of the track is comprised of many different corners and few straights, so don't expect high-gearing slipstreaming to feature here.
The front row of the World Supersport race was separated by under a third of a second.
Germany gave us a dry superpole, with three sessions whittling down the top sixteen to their final grid positions.
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.
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. Giugliano just needs to finish both races as, two podiums and incredible qualifying aside, the Italian struggles to score points in both races and, as he reckons he's not at peak fitness, another injury could hold him back. With Chaz Davies on the ascension, his place as best rookie is in for a serious challenge.
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.
Sam Lowes was once again fastest ahead of Frenchmen Jules Cluzel and Fabien Foret, the fastest Kawasaki. Broc Parkes and Kenan Sofuoglu also made their regular top five appearences. Lowes was once again over a quarter of a second faster than anyone else.
Davide Giugliano sneaked in a fast lap at the end of the session, along with Max Biaggi, pipping Marco Melandri who was fastest throughout most of the morning, along with Tom Sykes who was just beaten at the end by Jonathan Rea. Fresh from his GP test, Rea appears to have adjusted back to his Superbike quicker than he did after the Suzuka 8 hour race.
In the weekend's first session, Sam Lowes is the only man under the two-minute mark, with Broc Parkes and title leader Kenan Sofuoglu over a quarter of a second behind. However, this is still some way off Cal Crutchlow's 2009 lap of 1'57.866.
InFront have signed a ten-year deal to race at the short Moscow Raceway circuit. With tales of terrible weather, “Mad Max” drivers outside the circuit and Internet connectivity woes inside, it sounds like it could be potentially disastrous racing there, but today's races showed that all those fears don't matter when the racing gets underway.
Race two was another high-attrition battle with riders crashing out throughout the race.
World Supersport ran 22 unbroken laps in the dry and the Russian crowd are treated to a masterclass of smooth riding.