The Nurburgring threw totally wide-open the race for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, the series reserved for under-26 year-old riders, which last year saw top SBK rookie Davide Giugliano crowned as champion. A crash for Eddi La Marra complicated Ducati’s plans and allowed Frenchman Sylvian Barrier to take his BMW machine to just six points from the top. With two rounds to go (and 50 points at stake) calculations are worth nothing as the only strategy for the two contenders is to beat each other. Mathematically, still in with a chance are Bryan Staring (Kawasaki), 33 points behind La Marra, Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki) at minus 37, as well as Lorenzo Savadori (Ducati) and Markus Reiterberger (BMW), both 41 points behind the leader. In a championship that has produced numerous surprises in the previous eight rounds it is possible that nothing will be decided until the final curve of the final round at Magny-Cours.