Davies and Melandri on the track at the Eurospeedway

After a month of summer break, Superbike returns to the track with the German round this weekend at the Eurospeedway Lausitzring. 

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team riders will return to their Panigale R bikes after two days of test riding done here at the end of July, where both Chaz and Marco sought to further sharpen the level of competitiveness of their bikes. Chaz Davies is now third in the world and is focused on returning to second place in the standings, 56 points away. The Welshman likes the German track, last year winning a round race there and only a sudden rain shower before Race 2 denying him the double win. For Melandri, on the other hand, this is his first time on the track. The test runs certainly helped Marco to optimally configure the Panigale R and to get to know the track. For the Ravenna native, however, the goal from here to the end of the season is to do the best he can by trying to repeat the success of Misano. The third Ducati on the track, that of the Barni Racing Team ridden by Xavi Fores, should also be watched carefully. The rider from Llombai is coming off of two fifth positions on the difficult track of Laguna Seca and at Lausitzring he picked up his only podium in SBK, finishing third in Race 2 in 2016. Xavi is now sixth in the world, and achieving fifth position can be considered a satisfying goal for the season. 

This weekend the Superstock 1000 will also be back, where the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will try to consolidate the top position held by Michael Ruben Rinaldi. The Superstock team also carried out some test runs in July so that they can race without leaving anything to chance since we are at the stage where the title will be decided.  

Sunday's Race 2 will be the final race held at the Eurospeedway Lausitzring as the German circuit will be closed to the public and transformed into a testing ground for standard vehicles. The German track, which opened at the beginning of the new millennium with the speed ring to accommodate IndyCar racing in Europe, sought a second chance by adding an "infield" track that winds inside the oval and uses a part of it. The configuration used by the Superbikes is too slow and tame, also requiring unusual alignments due to the numerous dips and junctions between oval and infield. The Superbike raced there at the beginning of the 2000s and then returned last year.

Weekend schedule (local times)
Time Session
09.45 - 10.45 FP1
14.30 - 15.30 FP2
Time Session
08.45 - 09.10 FP3
10.30 - 10.45 SuperPole1
10.55 - 11.10 Superpole2
13.00 Race1
Time Session
09.30 - 09.45 WarmUp
13.00 Race2

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