2017 Lausitzring World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and the teams ahead of this weekend's German WorldSBK round:


Stop Pause, Press Play: WorldSBK is back
Riders are ready to take on the second half of the season

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is back following a six week long summer break, and with five rounds of the season remaining, the title fight is far from over. All eyes will be on home hero Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team), who makes his return to Lausitzring. Not forgetting Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who leads the standings as the series heads to Germany for the Prosecco DOC German Round and it won’t be an easy ride. With half of the season done and dusted, it’s time to head into the final stretch as the battle heats up.

Rea has only been off the podium on one occasion so far in 2017, a stunning feat from the Northern Irish rider and one which has seen him build up a championship lead of over 59 points ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Bouncing back from adversity in true champions style at Lausitzring last season, Rea was able to secure the win the wet race two following a race one crash. Setting some strong times in a mid-summer test back in July around the 4.255km circuit, the 30 year old has already been able to work on set-up at a circuit he has secured Kawasaki’s only victory around.

Second position in the championship standings, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) will be looking to bring the fight to Rea in Germany as the British rider begins a resurge in the series following a steady start to the season. With two wins under his belt in the last three rounds, Sykes seems to have put some early season demons behind him and is certified as a serious title contender. With just one appearance around Lausitzring, the circuit supplied a mixed weekend to the Yorkshire-born rider, but with a two day test now under his belt he will be able to build on his base set-up and head into the weekend with the title on his mind.

Continuing to recover from the injuries sustained in Misano’s Race Two, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) will hoping to recreate the stunning pace he found in the second half of last season, which saw the welsh rider win seven out of the final eight races of 2016. With four wins under his belt so far this season, following a solid summer test around Lausitzring, Davies will be back out and fighting to have his Panigale ready for a strong fight in Germany.

Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) will be hoping to repeat his heroics from Misano in the second half of the season, as the Italian secured his first victory since he made his return to the series. The Italian will make his debut around Lausitzring, but following a summer test in July, he feels he won’t be as much on the back foot, meaning he will be prepared to fight with an improved pace. With some experience behind him, it will be interesting to see how quickly he can get his Panigale to adapt to the circuit.

Fresh off the back of a stunningly dominant Suzuka 8 Hour win in July, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) will be bringing the confidence built in Japan with him for the second half of the season. Fighting to bridge the gap to Kawasaki and Ducati, Lowes has already secured two podium finishes in 2017, and with the help of his team and Dutch team-mate Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), the pair will be working hard to bring the strong pace with them to Germany.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) sits in eighth in the championship standings, and despite having a tough start to the season, has fought for top ten positions with a huge level of tenacity. Working hard on the Italian machine Camier has so far secured six top six finishes and heading to Germany, a circuit in which he finished both races in the top five last season, the only way is up for the Brit.

Still fighting off the heartbreak form Misano, Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) will be taking the confidence built so far throughout the 2017 season into the second half. Knowing he can fight at the front of the pack - and benefitting from the new grid reshuffling rule - the Spanish rider will be hoping to have a solid end to the season and restarting the year at Lausitzring will no doubt benefit Torres, as he had a strong round last season.

Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) sits in tenth position in the championship standings and has had a testing return to WorldSBK so far, however the Irish rider certainly feels his British based squad have turned a corner with the RSV4 bike. Feeling a lot more upbeat over recent rounds, Laverty is starting to feel a lot more comfortable, and returning to some circuits which offered a lot of success in the past, he will be hoping to impress as he tackles the sweeping Lausitzring circuit for the first time.

It’s all change at Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team once again, as Davide Giugliano makes his return to the WorldSBK Paddock for 2017, riding in the place of Nicky Hayden. Testing for the team in July, the Italian was able to put in some solid laps, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on as he partners Bradl in Germany.

Keep up with all the WorldSBK news and sessions as the series makes it’s much awaited return to action from 18th – 20th August in Germany.


KRT Focus On Strong Season Restart

After a summer break of five weekends for the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, racing will get underway again over the weekend of 18th to 20th August, at the Lausitzring in Germany.

After a successful recent test at the 4.255km-long EuroSpeedway Lausitz both championship leader Jonathan Rea and second place points scorer Tom Sykes are well prepared for their next chance to aim for race wins and podium places.

Thanks to a tally of nine race wins through the first sector of the 2017 season double KRT world champion Rea leads his own team-mate Sykes by 59 points, after the eighth meeting of the 13 round/26 race series in America last month.

Having taken victories in two races in 2017 Sykes is keen to get back to winning ways again soon to try and close the points gap to the lead. Tom currently has a 56-point advantage over the third placed rider in the championship, Chaz Davies. 2013 season champion Sykes will also celebrate his 32nd birthday in Germany, on Saturday 19th August. The two 21-lap races will be held on the 19th and 20th.

The Lausitzring will be hosting its seventh WorldSBK weekend this time around, after returning to the track in the far east of Germany last year for the first time since 2007. Rea notched up a race win at the vast Lausitzring for KRT in 2016, in conditions of heavy rain during race two, recovering strongly after a no-score in race one.

After the completion of round nine in Germany the championship returns to a WorldSBK venue from its relatively recent past, Portimao. Round ten in Portugal will take place over the weekend of 15th to 17th September.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am really excited to get back to racing again after the summer break. Our test at the Lausitzring a few weeks ago was positive and I feel more confident about returning there after a difficult race last year. The track is very bumpy but we managed to find a good compromise with our setup and I feel good about our starting point for the weekend. During the break I prepared myself for the next phase of the championship. The target is to work in the same way we have been doing all season.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “We will go racing again now after a bit of a summer break. We had good test in Germany and gained some valuable information. We were on the back foot a little at this circuit last year so it is good to feel a lot more prepared going into the Lausitz race weekend this time. I feel my pace in our recent test there was in the ballpark. Now we just need focus our attention and fine-tune things a little. The summer break has not felt like a very long one, because of the travel back from Laguna, then the test at Lausitz and then the race weekend itself in a few days time. It does not feel like it was a massive break and it feels strange to be racing in August - and on my birthday weekend too!”


The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team heads back to the track at EuroSpeedway Lausitz for the ninth round of the season

After a month-long summer break, the WorldSBK Championship is about resume action once again at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany), home of the ninth round of the season, scheduled for August 18-20. On the German track, located approximately 130 kilometers south of Berlin, Chaz Davies took first position in Race 1 (while also posting the new circuit record) starting from pole. Marco Melandri, on the other hand, will make his debut on the circuit, which was re-incorporated in the Championship’s calendar once again in 2016 for the first time in eight years.

To better prepare for the second half of the season, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team held a two-day test at EuroSpeedway Lausitz at the end of Julywith positive feedback from both riders, who lapped in both dry and wet conditions and are determined to race on the attack.

After eight rounds, Davies (226 points) and Melandri (189 points) are respectively third and fourth in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will resume action on Friday at 09:45 local (CET) for the first free-practice session.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7)

“Last year, at Lausitzring, it was a really good weekend for us. We had great pace in the dry and we hit a turning point from there. During this summer’s test in Germany we were pretty fast as well. We also managed to ride in the wet, which is quite important, and we did some pretty respectable lap times in these conditions. We still need to confirm a couple of things we usually define over the race weekend, but in general I felt comfortable and I’m quite happy with the work that we did. So, I’m looking forward to get back on the Panigale R on a track that I enjoy. Of course it’s bumpy, but if offers different challenges compared to other circuits. You can actually find lines around the bumps at Lausitzring. I’m excited ahead of the second part of the season, we’ll take it race by race, as always, and we’ll see what happens.”

Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33)

“It was really important to test at Lausitzring before the race. It’s a new track for me, and not an easy one to learn and tackle. So, we tried to make the most of the time available to us. The bad weather didn’t allow us to fully complete our working program, but we still gathered valuable info and, most important, some interesting setup ideas. During day two I was able to better understand which lines to take around the bumps. The critical points are the straights and turn 9, but it’s the same for everyone. It was important to lap in the wet also, because the weather is always kind of erratic there. I think we’ll be ready for whatever conditions we may find. I’m really motivated and confident ahead of the race weekend.”


Pata Yamaha Locked and Loaded for Lausitzring

Setup

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are excited to get back into action after the summer break for round 9 of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at the Lausitzring this weekend. Alex Lowes recently extended his contract with the team until 2018 and after completing a hat-trick of wins with his teammate Michael van der Mark with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team at the Suzuka 8 Hours in July, both riders are feeling confident of hitting the ground running following on from a successful recent two-day private test at Almeria.

Lowes extended his contract with Yamaha last week, meaning he will line up alongside Van der Mark once more in 2018 to give the team some added consistency as they continue to develop the Yamaha R1 and to close the gap to their rivals. The two Pata Yamaha riders are fresh from their historic victory with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team at the Suzuka 8 Hours where, not only did they completely dominate the race, but Lowes also set a new lap record by over a second. Both riders came back from Japan brimming with confidence and hoping to bring any tips they may have picked up from the Suzuka-spec R1 to the WorldSBK paddock, plus they were further buoyed by a positive private test with the team at Almeria last week where they tried out a number of upgrades.

It was Lowes' second consecutive victory at Suzuka and adds to the British rider's positive start to the 2017 WorldSBK season, which has seen him record two podiums in the last six races to currently sit fifth in the championship standings with 148 points. Lowes had a challenging weekend last time out at Laguna Seca for round 8 of the season but recovered to finish Race 2 in a solid ninth place. The 26-year-old is looking to make a step forward after the summer break and establish himself as a regular contender for the race win, plus having worked hard with the team during the recent Almeria test, is excited to get back on his R1 in Germany.

Van der Mark is also raring to go after a positive conclusion to the recent test and his success at Suzuka, which was the third time he has stood on the top-step of the podium at the legendary endurance race. The 24-year-old Dutch rider has enjoyed an encouraging start to the 2017 season, having led Race 1 at Misano for 13 laps before a tyre failure and with three top four finishes to his name. After a double top-ten finish last time out at Laguna Seca he currently sits seventh in the championship standings, with 129 points after eight rounds, just 19-points behind his teammate Lowes.

The Lausitzring is located 60km north of Dresden in the Lausitz region in Eastern Germany and the 4.255km track, which was built back in 2000, is known for its technical layout. It has 14 corners in total, six right and eight left-handed, and 2017 will be the last season WorldSBK visits the circuit before it will be closed to the public at the end of 2017. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team hit the track at 9.45am on Friday morning local time for Free Practice 1, with qualifying starting at 10:30am on Saturday. Race 1 takes place at 13:00pm on Saturday with Race 2 at 13:00pm on Sunday.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 5th - 148pts

"After a few weeks away from the World Superbike Championship I am looking forward to the Lausitzring race! I am still buzzing from winning the Suzuka 8 Hours and after a really positive test in Almeria, I am excited to be getting back to the racing action. I am also delighted to have extended my contract for the 2018 season with the team and hopefully, we can finish this year as strongly as possible. My goals are for a solid weekend to give us something to build on for the rest of 2017 as we try to close the gap to the guys at the front. It's a bit of a peculiar track at Lausitzring, it is quite bumpy and also has quite a technical layout. The whole team have been working really hard and haven't really had a summer break, so a big thanks to them too and I cannot wait to get back on track!"

Michael van der Mark

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 7th - 129pts

"I simply cannot wait to get back on track at the Lausitzring! It has been a busy summer break for us, but winning at Suzuka with Yamaha was incredible, plus we had a very positive test in Almeria last week, so I am excited to get back into action in Germany. I am also happy that my teammate has extended his contract for next season, which means we have another year of racing together! The Lausitzring is a different type of circuit and it presents a unique challenge, so it will be interesting to see how the R1 performs at the track, and after all the hard work the team have put in over the summer break I am excited to get back on the bike. We tested some new updates in Almeria and we hope that they will allow us to take the fight to our rivals for the rest of the season!"


Back after the break, Althea BMW heads for the Lausitzring

Rome (Italy), Tuesday 15 August 2017

After a month’s break, during which riders and mechanics alike had chance to enjoy some holiday time, the Althea BMW Racing team has recharged its batteries and is ready for the tenth round of the 2017 Superbike World Championship, taking place this weekend at the Eurospeedway Lausitzring in Germany.

The last Superbike event concluded just over a month ago at Laguna Seca in the USA. Torres closed race one in seventh place, De Rosa thirteenth across the line. After the first nine rounds, Torres lies ninth in the general standings, with 94 points, while De Rosa is 18th with 30 points scored up until now. In the Superstock 1000 series, Faccani is in fifth place with 52 points.

At last year’s German round, Jordi just missed out on a podium result, finishing fourth in race 1. In what was a wet Stock1000 race, De Rosa crossed the line tenth at the Lausitzring having started from pole, while Marco Faccani suffered a crash. All three of the Althea BMW men hope to make the best possible start after the summer break.

Jordi Torres

"I've spent a lot of time training in recent weeks, to be as prepared as possible for the final phase of the championship. I’ve enjoyed myself, doing a lot of sport, and I feel ready for Lausitz. Having finished fourth last year, I’m feeling confident too. It would be nice to do well at what is BMW’s home track, so here’s hoping for a positive weekend.”

Raffaele De Rosa

“I haven’t had a lot of down time seeing as I also took part in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Now I’m focused on the final part of the SBK season. I’m pleased to go to the Lausitzring and think our BMW suits the German track quite well. Last year I recall that the team was working well in SBK, particularly in the dry sessions, while I scored pole in the Superstock. We hope for favourable weather and I’d like the weekend to remain dry. Our chances of doing well are quite good I think.”

Marco Faccani

“The holidays are over and I had fun, doing some training, walking, climbing etc. Now we’re ready to head back out on track, at the Lausitzring, a track that I quite like and where I was going well last year. In the wet I was lying second when I crashed. I’m happy to return to Germany, and hope to score a good result, especially considering we’re on BMW’s home turf. Let’s see what we can do…”


Red Bull Honda World Superbike ready for action at Lausitzring

German Round

Lausitzring, Germany

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team is finalising preparations for the ninth round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship which gets underway tomorrow at the Lausitzring in Germany. This is the home race for Stefan Bradl who is joined this time out by Davide Giugliano.

Despite this event being on home turf, the last time Bradl raced at Lausitzring was back in 2005, when he was competing in the 125cc class of the German Championship. After the long summer break, the 27-year-old from Augsburg is looking forward to getting back on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and building on the progress shown in race two at Laguna Seca last month.

Davide Giugliano joins the team for the German round as he makes his return to the championship for the first time since the season finale in Qatar of last year. The experienced yet still young rider from Rome, Italy, took part in a two-day private test with the team at the Lausitzring three weeks ago, where he sampled the new Fireblade for the first time.

World Superbike action will begin tomorrow morning for the first free practice session at 9:45 local time (GMT +2).

Stefan Bradl 6

I’m looking forward to my home race of the season and to return to action after the summer break. It’s going to be important for me to do well in front of the German crowd – the home round always gives local riders extra motivation – and it will be interesting to see how we will perform here at Lausitzring. I can’t say I know the track too well: I have raced there two or three times but it was long time ago, so I’m curious to see how this track will be with a big bike. I hope I can adapt quite quickly because the other top riders have tested here recently, so they will have a head start. There will be a lot of work to do but I hope we’ll have a good race weekend.

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Davide Giugliano 34

This is my first World Superbike race of the season so of course there are some things I need to adjust back to. The most important thing for the round is to work well with the team and have a step-by-step approach with the bike, in order to keep improving in each and every session. The track is a unique one and hopefully the weather will be on our side, but in any case I’m really looking forward to getting started!

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Pieter Breddels

We are finally back in action at Lausitzring after the summer break. We are happy to have Davide with us for the round to race alongside Stefan, after the positive test he had there three weeks ago. We were able to evaluate some new material for the Fireblade, including different bodywork and a few updates to the software. We are focused and motivated to do well with both riders and see what this weekend will bring.


Polish team to make WorldSBK debut with Pawel Szkopek at the Lausitzring

The Pazera Racing Team will make its World Superbike debut at the Lausitzring this weekend with Pawel Szkopek onboard a Yamaha R1.

Szkopek is Poland's most successful motorcycle racer, with ten national titles to his name and a total of 22 World Superbike and 29 World Supersport starts. He's also the only Pole to have scored points in the World Championship.

For 2017 the 42-year-old teamed up with the up and coming Pazera Racing Team, focusing on retaining the Polish Superbike title.With two races to go Szkopek leads the standings with four wins from eight starts.

Despite fielding four riders in the national series, including the talented 20-year-old Patryk Pazera, the team made no secret of their World Championship ambitions, applying for a one event WorldSBK wild card for Szkopek for the German round already early in the season.

“I can't wait to return to the World Championship – says Pawel Szkopek. - Last year I was really close to a Top 10 finish at the Lausitzring in the wet and this season, with Pazera Racing, our package is much more competitive, so I'm really looking forward to the weekend. It will be our first WorldSBK start this year and the first one on the Pirelli tyres, so there's a lot of work to be done with the setup and electronics. I have a very good team behind me so I know we'll be able to deliver but at the same time we're realistic and know it will be very difficult to battle for points in the dry in such a competitive field. As for the track, Lausitzring is a challenging, technical and bumpy circuit which requires strong acceleration and a good suspension and electronics setup. I'd like to thank the Pazera Racing team for giving me the opportunity to return to WorldSBK during the event that's pretty much our home round and I can't wait to fly the Polish flag in front of a lot of the Polish fans.”

The German World Superbike round starts with two free practice sessions of Friday with races on Saturday and Sunday, each starting at 1 PM CET. Both races will be aired live on Eurosport 1.

For more informations about Pazera Racing visit the team's official Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/pazeraracing.


How have manufacturers performed at the Lausitzring
Refresh your memory of WorldSBK races in Germany

Last year Aprilia recorded their only Lausitzring podium with Alex De Angelis (IODARacing), 2nd in Race 2.

BMW have only raced last year at the Lausitzring, and their best results were secured by Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) in Race 1 (4th) and Josh Brookes (Milwaukee BMW) in Race 2 (7th).

Ducati is the most successful manufacturer at the Lausitzring with six wins, four of which from one rider: Troy Bayliss. Last year they won with Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Duacti) in Race 1. Ducati have recorded 12 podium placements here, at least one for each Lausitzring weekend.

Honda is second only to Ducati for the amount of Lausitzring wins, with three recorded with three different riders in three different years: Colin Edwards in 2001, Chris Vermeulen in 2005 and James Toseland in 2006. Last year they were able to climb on the podium in Race 1 with Nicky Hayden (3rd).

Kawasaki have won once around Lausitzring: which was last year in Race 2 with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team). Their only other podium was Sykes in Race 1, which he secured a second position. Kawasaki recorded a 1-2 in qualifying here in 2007 with Fonsi Nieto and Regis Laconi, their only pole here.

Leon Camier secured a fifth and fourth for MV Agusta last year at the Lausitzring. The fourth place is the best result for MV Agusta in the WorldSBK championship, all scored last season in the first races at Assen and Donington and in Race 2 at Magny Cours.

Yamaha last won here ten years ago in Race 1 with Noriyuki Haga, and have recorded a total of seven podium finishes at the Lausitzring. Last year their best result was scored by Sylvain Guintoli in Race 2 in fifth.


WorldSSP: Rivals, redemption and racing resumes
Sofuoglu is the man with the target on his back as WorldSSP heads to Germany

Since the wheels last turned at Misano World Circuit, FIM Superport World Championship riders have been eagerly awaiting the return to racing action and the time has finally come, with the WorldSBK circus rolling into Lausitzring for the Prosecco DOC German Round. Recently returning to the calendar, the circuit is fairly new in terms of WorldSSP races held and with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) the only rider to line up on the grid to have won in the class around the circuit; it will be a strong ask for his competitors.

Leading the world championship by just five points, Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) will be hoping to bounce back from a tough race last time out around Misano after the French rider crashed twice, unable to rejoin after the second crash. Clinging onto the lead ahead of his rivals, Mahias will hope to return to his podium finishing ways we saw at the Pata UK Round back in May. But with the 28 year old without a win since the Pirelli Aragon Round back in March, he needs to produce a win to continue to hold a strong title fight. Making his debut around Lausitzring this weekend, it will be interesting to see what the French rider can produce.

Kenan Sofuoglu returns to Lausitzring, a circuit which saw him take a dominant victory of over 1.7s in 2016. The Turkish rider has reduced his gap in the championship to just five points heading into the final five rounds of the season, and his recent pace indicates he is showing no signs of slowing down. Winning every race he has finished so far in 2017, the 32 year old has clearly found a package he is comfortable with on his ZX-6R. A strong history around Lausitzring will work in his favour – three podiums and two victories – but he will have a strong fight back from his rivals.

Kallio Racing’s Sheridan Morais makes his return to Lausitzring with the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock for the first time since 2007, where the South African narrowly missed out on a top ten finish. With just one podium finish to his name so far this season – at the Pirelli Aragon Round – Morais has been consistently finishing in the top six, but will be hoping to secure his first win of the season in the second half. Bridging the gap to the leaders will be a challenge, but will make for a great show.

28 year old Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) is still within reach of the championship fight, and in the unpredictable nature of the World Supersport championship, anything could be possible. Still searching for his debut win of the season, the French rider is getting ever closer to the top with a second position last time out at Misano. Securing a podium finish around Lausitzring last year, it’s clear Cluzel has a strong pace but it remains to be seen if he can repeat it this season.

WorldSSP racing gets back underway from 18th – 20th August, as the fight for the title intensifies.


Season Restart For Sofuoglu And Ryde

After a long summer break since the previous round at Misano in mid-June the 2017 WorldSSP championship gets underway again at the Lausitzring in Germany this weekend, with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team once more fielding regular riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Kyle Ryde.

Sofuoglu has recovered from early season injury and other misfortunes to score four wins in a row and draw himself to within five points of the championship lead, in a clear second place, with five rounds remaining.

Twenty-year-old Ryde grows in experience with every passing weekend and he will be particularly keen to get back into action at the Lausitzring after such a long summer break. He sits eighth in the championship currently, ahead of several more experienced international riders.

The remarkable Sofuoglu’s run of four straight wins – from Assen through Imola, Donington and most recently Misano – has taken his all-time record race victory tally to 42. The 32-year old Turkish star now has a career total of 82 podiums from 121 race starts in this class.

With only the WorldSBK riders competing at Laguna Seca in early July, Lausitz will be the eighth of 12 rounds for the WorldSSP class. As it is a European round, the ESS riders will also be competing, for full championship points and their own internal championship supremacy.

After the completion of the Lausitzring race Sofuoglu and his peer group will head to Portugal, and the undulating circuit of Portimao, for the ninth round on 17th September.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “Before the summer break I won the race in Misano, which gave me some good holiday time. For the last two weeks I have been on a bike at home in Turkey, at a small track, to keep up my training. Now I am really happy we are back racing because, honestly, two months is a long break in the season. Now I can continue my job because I love racing and I am happy that later this week I will be back on my race bike. Obviously the season has been changing for me, step-by-step, because I am getting closer to the championship lead. But in the past four races I have been pushing and won them all. I still I want to continue to enjoy racing to win. I am very happy in the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team, and with the people around me. We enjoy winning the races so we do not want to think about the championship. With five races still to go, including in Germany, a lot can change. I just want to ride my bike and win the race.”

Kyle Ryde, stated: “It has been a very long summer break in the WorldSSP class, and with no testing to do, and only riding my pit bike for fun, I am really keen to get back on track. After the first few rounds and the summer break I know where I stand. What I need to do on Friday at Lausitz is to give myself a better chance of the best possible result on Sunday, which is to get on the bike and just really ride it as it is.”

Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) will be back in action at the Lausitzring after missing the Misano race through injury. He is 15th in the championship, just one place above Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) after the first seven rounds. The Lausitz race will include one more rider in the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team than normal, with Pirelli guest rider Ken Iguchi joining for one round only.

Early season misfortunes have held back Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) in 21st place overall, while some strong performances from ESS rider Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) see him 23rd at present.

Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) is 25th in the standings, Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) is 26th and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) is 31st.


GRT Yamaha Ready to Resume Championship Battle at Lausitzring

Setup

The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team are ready to return to action after the summer break at the Lausitzring this weekend for round eight of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. Lucas Mahias leads the championship standings by five points and after a successful two-day test at the Lausitzring during the break, feels confident about taking the fight to his rivals. His teammate Federico Caricasulo returned to the podium at the last round in Misano and wants to kick-start the second half of the season in similar style.

Mahias' performances so far this season have been nothing short of sensational. The 28-year-old French rider was victorious at Aragon and has four second places to his name in the first seven races. He sits on top of the championship standings with 105 points and has a five-point advantage over his nearest rival. Mahias is looking to bounce back from his DNF at Misano in style, and after conducting a private test at the Lausitzring during the summer break, is confident he can hit the ground running on Friday and take the championship battle to his rivals at a track where he has finished on the podium before.

Caricasulo is also looking forward to returning to action after the summer break, as the long time away from racing has helped to allow him recover from a shoulder injury that affected him during the first part of the season. The 21-year-old Italian was victorious in Thailand and returned to the podium with an excellent third place last time out at Misano. He is confident that the work he completed at the recent test will help him become a regular podium contender during the second half of the season. He currently lies fifth in the championship standings with 51 points after seven races.

The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team take to the track on Friday at the Lausitzring at 9am local time for Free Practice 1, with Qualifying beginning at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday's 23-lap race scheduled for 11:30am.

Lucas Mahias

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 1st - 105pts

"I am so excited to be getting back to racing! Lausitzring is not my favourite track on the calendar, but I have raced here once before in the IDM in 2013 and I was on the podium. The track itself is rather bumpy, at some points I wonder if I would be better off on my Yamaha YZ450F motocross bike, but I think I will stick with my R6! We conducted a two-day private test here, with some new updates, and I had a really good feeling on the bike. We also worked on our setup up for the race and I cannot wait to start the weekend!"

Federico Caricasulo

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 5th - 51pts

"I am excited and ready to get back into action this weekend at the Lausitzring! The summer break has been nice, but now it is time to go back to racing. We had a private test at the Lausitzring during the break and I was really quick, so I am hoping to be able to carry that pace into the race weekend. My aim this weekend is to get back on the podium to get the second half of the season off to the best possible start!"

Filippo Conti

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Manager

"I am so happy to be getting back into action. The summer break was very long, but we managed a very good two-day test at the Lausitzring, where we tried some new updates and got some great feedback from the riders, plus their lap times were excellent. We were also able to find a base setting for the Lausitzring that will mean we should be able to hit the ground running on Friday. It can be tricky weather-wise at the Lausitzring, but luckily, we experienced all types of weather during our test, so we are confident we are well prepared for anything. Lucas' championship lead is now down to just five points so his target for the rest of the season is simply to go out and win. Honestly, it's almost like starting from scratch and it should be an amazing second half of the season. The summer break gave Federico the chance to return to 100% fitness with his shoulder injury and after his excellent podium at the last round in Misano, plus a positive test, he is feeling confident he can establish himself as a regular podium contender for the rest of the season!"


Back in business at Lausitzring

PTR Honda·Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PTR Honda are back in business at the Prosecco DOC German round of the World Supersport Championship at Lausitzring this weekend. The long summer break gave the team the much needed time to carry out the extensive repairs and preparation following the trailer fire on the way back from the last race at Misano.

Jules Cluzel heads to Lausitzring on the back of two great results and is currently one point off third in the Championship standings and only thirty points off taking the lead, he said: “I am really happy to be back on track after the long break. For me the break was good because I trained really hard, I did a lot of cycling, lots of climbing and kms so I feel strong on my leg. I feel positive and I am sure we can have a good last part of the season.”

Hikari Okubo arrives in Germany on the verge of moving into the Championship top ten with his sights set on a podium finish on Sunday at the 4.2km (2.6mi) Brandenburg circuit. Hikari said: “I have been training hard in the long holiday. I also joined the Suzuka 8h race and did a lot of riding of a 1000cc bike which I think is good training. Lausitzring is my favourite track in the WSS Championship and I think I can get a podium finish.”

Christoffer Bergman re-joins the team at Lausitzring and he hopes to continue from where he left off at the end of 2016. Chris said: “I know what it takes to race at this level and I will do my best to be ready for the challenge.”

Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “Here we are after the long layoff. Everyone in the team has worked fantastically well and lots of people have helped us following the fire. We are ready and can’t wait to get to Laustizring to continue our title challenge. Jules should be on good form, the boys have done a great job and the bikes are immaculate. We welcome Christoffer Bergman back to the team at this round which will be a benefit to everyone and is great for team morale. We have three strong riders, Jules should challenge for the podium and the win and Hikari is also confident of challenging for the podium. Our aim is to get all our riders in the top ten. That’s a realistic goal so let’s see what we can do.”

The lights go out at Lausitzring for the World Supersport Race on Sunday 20th August at 11:30hrs (local time).


STK1000: Tight at the top heading into Germany
One point separates the front runners as the season recommences

Following a stunning European Superstock 1000 Championship race last time out at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, which saw Marco Faccani (Althea BMW) take a stunning victory ahead of championship leader Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team), it’s time for the STK1000 riders to prepare for the second half of the season. With just one point separating the top two in the standings, there is everything to play for heading into the sixth round of the season at Lausitzring for the Prosecco DOC German Round, and one thing is certain: no one will be holding back.

Italian Rinaldi has had a stunningly consistent season in the STK1000 championship so far, with the 21 year old taking four podiums – two of them victories. Showing pure dominance in the races he has won so far, it’s clear Rinaldi is feeling confident onboard his Panigale R and will be coming back from the summer break as determined as ever. With a tough outing last year at Lausitzring in wet conditions, the Italian youngster will be keen to improve his pace this year. Following a test around the 4.225km circuit in July, he will be able to work through any issues throughout the weekend to bring the fight to the pack on Sunday.

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continues to impress in the competitive STK1000 class and sits just one point behind Rinaldi in the standings. Securing his first victory at the Acerbis Dutch Round, his momentum continued on throughout the season, standing on the top step for the second time at Donington Park for the Pata UK Round. However the young Turk is another rider to have struggled around Lausitzring last season, meaning it will be a tough ask for the two front runners in the STK1000 championship. Recharged and ready following the nine week summer break, Razgatlioglu will be fighting to take his first title in the WorldSBK paddock.

French rider Florian Marino (Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team) is a not-so-distant 23 points off the top of the championship, as he has been quietly consistent so far this season. Securing three podiums and only one race outside the top five so far, Marino is still searching for that all important first win onboard his YZF R1. Missing out on last year’s German round with injury, it will be a testing weekend for the 24 year old but with his rivals suffering a tough history around the circuit; it may work in his favour.

Keep up with all the stunning STK1000 action as the series returns from the summer break from 18th - 20th August.


The wait is over: the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team back in action at EuroSpeedway Lausitz

After a two-month break, the 2017 SuperStock 1000 European Championship is ready to get back in action at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany) for the sixth round of the season. The Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team, which held a two-day test on the German track in late July with positive feedback, is determined to put up a challenge with both Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Mike Jones.

In the test, both riders managed to get a head start with the setup work on their Panigale R while posting strong lap times. Rinaldi posted a personal best of 1:38.6, faster than last year’s pole position, while Jones clocked an encouraging 1:39.0 at his debut on the track.

After five rounds, Rinaldi and Jones are respectively first (90 points) and twelfth (29 points) in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will resume action on Friday at 09:00 local time for the first free-practice session.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team #12)

“After a positive first half of the season, we’re strongly motivated to resume the battle at the top of the rankings, though just with a one-point advantage. The tests at Lausitzring were positive and we’re determined to keep up the good work during the race weekend. In Germany, the weather is also a key variable, but we managed to get some laps in the rain as well to collect good data. After such a long break, we need to start off on the right foot. The test was useful to this end and I’ve been training nonstop, so we’re confident”.

Mike Jones (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team #57)

“The first part of the season has been quite steady but we made good progress during the last test in Germany, which was really positive. I focused on my riding without making too many setup modifications to the bike, and I made some changes to my style that allowed me to improve confidence and, as a consequence, go faster. So, I’m really looking forward to the second part of the season. The confidence is quite high and I think we have a good chance to improve our results significantly. We’re determined to do that starting from Lausitzring, which is a little different from all the other circuits in Europe and reminds me of the tracks back at home in Australia”.


Pata Yamaha Relishing Return to STK1000 Action at Lausitzring

Setup

The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team are looking forward to resuming their challenge for the 2017 FIM Superstock European Championship this weekend at the Lausitzring, round six of the season. Florian Marino currently occupies third in the championship standings as the season resumes after its summer break, just 23-points behind the leader. His teammate Roberto Tamburini is just 11 points further back in fourth and after a positive two-day test at the track during the break, both riders are determined to get the second half of the season of to the best possible start.

Marino fought his way to an excellent fifth-place finish in the frantic re-started 5-lap race at the last round in Misano to add to his three podiums so far this season, which sees him third in the championship standings with 67 points. The 24-year-old French rider enjoyed a productive summer break and is eager to resume the championship battle after a constructive two-day test at the Lausitzring.

His teammate Tamburini had looked the like the man to beat all weekend at Misano, but was cruelly forced to retire during the race with a technical issue. It was the first time the 26-year-old Italian had failed to score points in 2017 and it means he currently lies fourth in the standings with 56 points after five races. He is confident he can hit the ground running in Germany after finding a good base setup with his Yamaha R1M at the recent test and will be out to fight for victory at the Lausitzring.

The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team kick off the action at the Lausitzring on Friday at 9am local time with Free Practice 1, while qualifying takes place at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday's 14-lap race is scheduled for 3:15pm.

Florian Marino

Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - 3rd - 67pts

"I am looking forward to the Lausitzring! It has been a long time since we have been racing so I am really excited to get back in action. The summer break has been really good for me. I took time to think, train, and work hard with the team to strengthen my weaker points. I feel like I have made a step forward so I am looking forward to getting to Germany so can catch up with the team, make a good plan and have a strong weekend. I feel ready and I know a lot of the other riders are excited to return, so I think it will be a very interesting weekend. I will, as always, do my best to fight with the top guys and get the best result possible for the team to try and close the gap to the championship leaders."

Roberto Tamburini

Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - 4th - 56pts

"After two months off, it is great to get be getting back to racing and the championship! We conducted a two-day test last month at the Lausitzring, so we arrive in Germany with a good base, which is important to make sure we get the weekend off to a good start. Even if the weather conditions are different form the test, because they often change quickly at the Lausitzring, we feel confident that we can adapt. The target is to finish on the podium and try to fight for the victory to allow us to recover some vital championship points on the leaders!"


Did you know? #GermanWorldSBK in Numbers

WorldSBK heads into the second part of the season so it’s time to get your head around the stats ahead of Round Nine

4000 – In the 2011 German Round Troy Corser became the first –and to date, the only- rider to reach 4000 career points.

203.723 – The old Hockenheim track holds the third all-time value for the average speed over a single pole lap: Colin Edwards started from the top spot in 2000 with a lap averaging 203.723 km/h. This record value was beaten only 11 years on, at Monza, when Max Biaggi set the new mark at 204.405 km/h. Tom Sykes in 2013 improved that to 205.459 km/h, always at Monza.

100 – Last year Chaz Davies recorded the 100th pole here for Great Britain, the 170th for Ducati.

100 – Ayrton Badovini took his maiden pole in Germany (Nurburgring) at his 100th race, back in 2013.

89 – So far 89 German riders have taken to the track in a WorldSBK weekend, 61 of them were able to qualify and start at least one race.

74 – The 2011 German round was the start of a long-running string for Championship leader Rea: since that weekend he has always qualified in the top10, a sequence of 74 after Laguna Seca.

62 – So far there have been 62 WorldSBK races run in Germany. There has been a German race weekend every year since the beginning of the championship in 1988 up to 2013.

60 – In the 2006 weekend, both Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga recorded their 60th career podium.

40 – Curiously, Bayliss and Haga went hand in hand in milestones also the following year, 2007, as Bayliss recorded his 40th win and Haga is 40th fastest race lap.

30 – Fast forward to 2008 and Bayliss and Haga hit the headlines once more in Germany with a round number: the 30th win for Haga and the 30th fastest race lap for Bayliss.

12 – Twelve years ago Lorenzo Lanzi recorded his maiden pole and win at the Lausitzring.

10 – An emotional pole for Kawasaki here in 2007 with Fonsi Nieto: they had waited nearly ten years to record a pole position, as their previous one had been with Yanagawa at Sugo in 1997. They faced another two-year drought afterwards, but from 2010 onwards they were on pole every year at least once, recording no less than 50 of their 69 poles since then.

8 – Eight years since a German rider climbed on the podium for the last time (Max Neukirchner, Valencia 2009).

8 – The last eight Lausitzring races were won by eight different riders. 2005/1: Vermeulen; 2005/2: Lanzi; 2006/1: Kagayama; 2006/2: Toseland; 2007/1: Haga; 2007/2: Bayliss; 2016/1: Davies; 2016/2: Rea.

6 – The most successful riders on the German tracks are Colin Edwards, Carl Fogarty and Noriyuki Haga, with 6 wins each.

4 – Neil Hodgson is the only rider to have claimed four pole positions on German soil: three at Oschersleben and one at the Lausitzring.

4 – Troy Bayliss won four times at the Lausitzring from 2001 to 2007: he is the only rider to have claimed more than one win here.

4 – Only four races out of 12 were won from pole at the Lausitzring: the winner came always from the first eight grid spots.

3.878 – Changing weather conditions in the 2007 qualifying session meant that Fonsi Nieto recorded pole with an advantage of 3.878 seconds over his nearest rival, his team-mate Regis Laconi. That is the largest margin in the entire history of the Championship. That would remain the only pole in Nieto’s career.

1 – Max Neukirchner is the only German rider who recorded wins (2) and poles (2) in WorldSBK history. He was on pole in Germany back in 2008 at the Nurburgring.

1 – 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes recorded his maiden WorldSBK win in Germany in 2011 (Nurburgring). That was the first win for Kawasaki after a four-year drought, and only the second in 11 years. Since then, Sykes and Kawasaki won at least four races per season: the Japanese manufacturer is living their best moment in history, having claimed 67 of their 102 wins since that one by Sykes in Germany.

1 – Also Chaz Davies recorded his maiden win on German soil: in 2012 at the Nurburgring. He became the 70th winner in WorldSBK history.

0 – Tom Sykes, second in the all-time rankings with 41 pole positions, has never started from pole on German soil.


Lausitzring promises a party vibe for WorldSBK fans

Plenty of off track action to keep fans entertained at #GermanWorldSBK

Right around the corner, excitement for the Prosecco DOC German Round is swiftly gaining momentum and there are plenty of activities on offer for fans to make even more of their experience. Not only will crowds be able to experience the jam packed Paddock Show, there will be the fan zone, SBK Village and live music on offer.

As always the famous Paddock Show will be offerings fans with exclusive opportunities to hear from and meet their MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heroes. Featuring the all new SuperShow on Saturday, all three days are action packed for the German crowds. Friday kicks off with the MOTUL race chat, team manager’s chat show and the amazing opening show. Saturday features fan competitions before the SuperShow and autograph sessions kick off at 16.15, taking you through all the day’s action. Sunday provides the opportunity to meet the up and coming stars from WorldSSP300 and STK1000, before the race shows concludes the weekend at 16.00h.

Want to continue to have the adrenaline pumping once on track actions finishes? Head over to the stage behind the main grandstand on Friday and Saturday for some amazing entertainment. From 20.00 on Friday Rockvalley will entertain the fans ahead of an after hour DJ set at 23.00 into the early hours. If Friday’s action isn’t enough Saturday sees the party continue, with Queen II on stage from 20.00 before another afterhours DJ set takes place to conclude the party ahead of the main events on Sunday. With camping on site – situated behind the main grandstand - it’s the perfect location to get involved with the party.

Making its return to the Lausitzring circuit, fans are treated to the SBK Village from Friday to Sunday. Not only is the chance to buy merchandise to support your favourite riders on offer, you can drool over the latest models of your favourite bikes in the exhibitions, on top of motorbike test drives on offer. With activities for all the family, it will make the time with no bikes on track fly by.

Keeping fans entertained in the paddock, the paddock Fan Zone will be open from Saturday to Sunday featuring a MOTUL virtual reality booth, Shad and Acerbis photo shooting and your chance to buy some merchandise to help remember an unforgettable weekend. Fans will also find a motorbike stunt show to feed their appetite for bikes all day long, throughout Saturday and Sunday.

When WorldSBK bikes aren’t stealing your attention on track, don’t miss out on any of the amazing entertainment track side to make the #GermanWorldSBK one to remember. On track action begins on 18th August – 20th August, as WorldSBK returns from the summer break.


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