Nurburgring: Team YZF Yamaha preview

A new start for the championship After the Miller Motorsports Park race, there are only 28 points now between the leader of the Superbike World Championship Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Carlos Checa (Honda). A victory is worth 25 points, ...

A new start for the championship

After the Miller Motorsports Park race, there are only 28 points now between the leader of the Superbike World Championship Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Carlos Checa (Honda). A victory is worth 25 points, there are two races per WSBK weekend, and eight events remain, which means sixteen races to go.

Martial Garcia (team manager): "We received our motorcycles form the USA last Friday (June 6) and the team had to work very hard last weekend to have them ready for Tuesday morning when the trucks left from the workshop. We continue on developing the Yamaha R1, like we work now on the suspensions and we try to make the ECU perform better."

The Superbike World Championship visited in the past in Germany the circuits of Hockenheim, Oschersleben, Lausitz, but it also came to the Nurburgring in 1998 and 99. The winners were in 1998 Aaron Slight (Honda) and Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati), and in 1999 Carl Fogarty (Ducati) and Troy Corser (Ducati).

8 riders raced on the "Ring" before:

Eight on the 2008 Superbike World Championship permanent riders raced here before: Nori Haga, Troy Corser, Gregorio Lavilla and Ruben Xaus since 1998, while David Checa finished 17th of the 1999 World Supersport race. In the German Grand Prix, Max Biaggi participated to the 95, 96 and 97 250cc races, Carlos Checa to the 1995 250cc event, and to the 96 and 97 500cc races. Gregorio Lavilla did the 95 250cc event, and Regis Laconi the 96 250cc GP.

The track with 174 curves

The architect Gustav Eichler designed this circuit, and the work began in September 1925. It was inaugurated on May 18, 1927 with 3 different layouts: The 28.265 km (17.563 miles) long Gesamtstrecke ("Whole Course") consisted of 174 bends which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km Nordschleife ("Northern Loop"), and the 7.747 km Sudschleife ("Southern Loop"). The new Nurburgring was inaugurated on May 12, 1984, the track being 4.542 km long. Then it went to 4.556 km in 1995, to 5.145 in 2002, and 5.148 in 2003. There have been 14 West German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring between 1955 and 1990, the other races been held at Hockenheim and Solitude. There were also 3 German GPs from 1995 to 97.

This coming weekend, the track to be used is the "GP-track with motorcycle-chicane" which is 5.137 km long. It's the F1 track with the Mercedes Benz Arena, the Dunlop Kurve and the soft motorcycle version of the NGK Chikane.

-credit: yzf yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Aaron Slight , Gregorio Lavilla , Ruben Xaus , David Checa , Troy Corser , Carl Fogarty , Laconi Régis