BAYLISS AND FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF THE RING The Nuerburgring The Ducati Xerox Team prepares for the next round of the World Superbike championship, and another "new" track for both Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio.
BAYLISS AND FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF THE RING
The Ducati Xerox Team prepares for the next round of the World Superbike championship, and another "new" track for both Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio. The riders, having recently returned from the race weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City (USA), now move on to The Nuerburgring. The Ring is one of the best known European motor racing tracks, and a track at which the Superbikes have not raced since 1999, with the German round of the championship having been held at various tracks - Oschersleben, Lausitzring and the Eurospeedway - in recent years. The last time the Ducati Superbike Team visited the Ring nine years ago they claimed victory in both races with a win a piece for the two factory riders Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser.
Troy Bayliss (1st in championship, 194 points)
"I came away from the last round in Salt Lake City extremely disappointed and so I'm hoping to have a much more positive weekend now in Germany. It's another track that I don't know at all, so again we will have to learn as we progress through the weekend in order to arrive at the best set-up for Sunday. I know that Max (Neukirchner) will be looking for a home win and he knows the track too so competition will be stiff but I'm fit and ready to race."
Michel Fabrizio (8th in championship, 87 points)
"We now head on to another track that is new to nearly all of us, and so, after my results at Miller, I hope I can do equally well at this next unknown circuit too. I was really happy with my performance last weekend in America and the points I gained moved me up a few positions to eighth place in the championship. I'm definitely ready to build on those points in Germany!"
Name: The Nuerburgring
Circuit length: 5.137 km
Pole position: left
Race distance: 20 laps = 102.74 km
Fastest lap - Corser (Ducati) 1m39.318s (1999).
Superpole - Fogarty (Ducati) 1m38.843s (1999).