HAVE YOUR SAY: Who shone in the German gloom?

Carlos Checa and Tom Sykes were the big winners at the Nurburgring, but was either your rider of the day?
They say rain is the great leveller, but even the finest riders would have found racing in the treacherous conditions of race two at the Nurburgring less than agreeable.

With this in mind, Tom Sykes deserves plaudits for keeping it upright and maintaining a good forward momentum as those around either fell or played it safe. Indeed, even Sykes himself will admit that he was lucky given Noriyuki Haga's fall from a very comfortable lead, but the Kawasaki man didn't put a wheel wrong all race, unlike nearly everyone else.

Indeed, when discussing who should be considered 'rider of the day', Sykes has to be a firm favourite, but while the end of his day dominated the headlines, Haga was arguably the more impressive overall, claiming a rare podium finish in the dry – after a brief, but feisty battle with Carlos Checa – before almost going on to win in the wet. Proof, if it were needed, that the Samurai of Slide has still got it…

Having won the first race and watched as Max Biaggi called time on his day (and probably his title) early, Checa had little reason to go all out in race two, but still showed his class by scoring solid points.

Other notable performances included Sylvain Guintoli, who was one of the day's big scorers with sixth and second, the latter marking his best-ever finish at WSBK level. The returning Jonathan Rea also deserves a mention for being able to crash at high-speed, yet still record his team's best result since May…

Similarly, an off in race one and a crash in race two made Leon Haslam's run to fifth and ninth rather more impressive than it looked on paper, while Ayrton Badovini continued his stealthy ability to rack up points, notching up a 12th and 13th straight top ten finish despite starting towards the back of the field.

Then again, if you consider the words of Checa, Melandri and Laverty, then merely those that started race two are deserving of 'rider of the day'.

Over in the World Supersport class, two riders stood certainly stood out, with Chaz Davies winning a fifth race, though he had to produce his very best to restrain a determined James Ellison, who was a welcome podium winner in second – a good boost in what has been a tough season so far…

That's what we think, but we'd rather know what you think – simply leave your comment and tell us your thoughts about one of the year's more dramatic rounds…

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VD Mark, Race Start, German SSTK 600 Race 2011
VD Mark, Race Start, German SSTK 600 Race 2011
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Giugliano, Race Start, British SSTK 1000 Race 2011
Salom, Race Start, British WSS Race 2011
Rea, Race Start, German WSBK Race 2 2011
Rinaldi and Davies, SSTK1000 Race, Aragon WSBK
Rinaldi and Davies, SSTK1000 Race, Aragon WSBK
VD Mark and Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea and Davies, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea and Davies, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Davies and Eugene Laverty, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, Sykes and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, Davies and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea and Davies, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Davies and Jonathan Rea, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017

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