WSBK: Round #10 - Nurburgring Preview (Video)

Sylvain Guintoli race action shot

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) agreed not to undergo surgery for his injured shoulder (at least until the end of the season), spending his holiday time doing physiotherapy and exercises, instead. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), who is now 13 points behind his French rival after a difficult race day on home soil, is looking forward to bounce back on the track that saw him grab his maiden win two years ago, at the end of a rain-hampered Race 2.

Guintoli’s team-mate Eugene Laverty is aiming to keep the momentum up as the double podium at Silverstone helped him to narrow the gap to the front and climb to third position in the provisional standings. The Nurburgring is indeed a favorable track for the Irishman, who was second in both races last year. Works BMW riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies are hoping to turn the page on their disappointing last event and have radically different memories of last year’s round. The Italian, who entered the German event as the man to beat, lost the lead by crashing out in both races, while Davies achieved his first ever WSBK win (Race 2).

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The two riders who managed to climb on the top step of the podium in UK, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki), are aiming to build on their recent results and be competitive until the end of the season. Rea is currently the only rider able to win twice at the Ring (2009, Race 1 and 2010, Race 2).

Boosted by their Silverstone podium finishes, Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel (Suzuki) hope to be in the mix for the top-3 once again, while Carlos Checa (Ducati Alstare) is still waiting for a breakthrough in his so far frustrating 2013 season. Max Neukirchner (Ducati) will tackle his and his team’s home Round with confidence. In 2008, the German rider managed to secure the pole start for the two races, and finished both races in third place.

Aussie Mark Aitchison will replace Alex Lundh, at Team Pedercini Kawasaki for the second time this year. The Swedish rider didn't manage to get back to full fitness for the German event, and will hope to make his return at Istanbul for the eleventh round.

IDM riders Markus Reiterberger and Matej Smrz will join the party at the Nurburgring. Smrz, the Czech rider, younger brother of former WSBK rider Jakub Smrz, will bring an R1 back to the series after almost two years of absence (last time out was Portimao 2011).

Standings - provisional (round 9 of 14)*:

1. Guintoli 262

2. Sykes 249

3. Laverty 226

4. Melandri 221

5. Davies 180

6. Baz 180

7. Rea 176

8. Fabrizio 138

9. Camier 114

10. Cluzel 113

11. Giugliano 100

12. Badovini 91

13. Neukirchner 77

14. Checa 68

15. Haslam 51

Manufacturers:

1. Aprilia 336

2. Kawasaki 303

3. BMW 276

4. Honda 189

5. Suzuki 165

6. Ducati 128

* Possible updated results could be defined by the International Disciplinary Court which is dealing with the appeal lodged by Aprilia Racing Team and rider Sylvain Guintoli, following the decision taken by the FIM Stewards in Monza (Italian Round, last 12 May) to cancel the drop of position sanction (from third to fourth place in race 2) imposed by the Race Direction on rider Tom Sykes

Kenan Sofuoglu race action shot

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