Following his mechanical DNF at Brno, Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow will start the final four rounds of the 2009 World Supersport season with a 17 point lead over Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty.
Both riders are in their first full Supersport season, but Crutchlow will head to this weekend's Nurburgring round with a track day test under his belt.
"We planned a test on the 18th of August with Cal at the 'ring as part of a track day,” confirmed team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. “It went ok, he liked the track and was fast and we adjusted the bike as best we could. We have a good set up now to start with so we'll have no lost time looking for the right gearing and we'll be ready to go. We've made some changes to resolve the problem from Brno as well.”
"I'm very keen to get back onto the track,” stated Crutchlow. "It was really disappointing to lose out on the points at Brno so I'm determined to get them back in Germany! It's the home race for my team as well so I want to do well for them and see if we can extend our championship lead some more. I did a few laps testing here last month and I really like the circuit so I think it's going to be a good weekend."
Team-mate and former world champion Fabien Foret took victory in Brno and the French rider is looking for another podium this weekend.
"I hope we get ok weather in Germany,” said Foret. "Obviously I would like to have the same result as Brno, it was such a great race and I'm happy to be back on form. I want to stay on the podium again this weekend and for the rest of the season."