Lorenzo Lanzi and Max Neukirchner made a welcome return to the World Superbike Championship top six for the first time since 2010 and 2009 respectively after an impressive wild-card outing at Magny-Cours for the 3C Ducati team.

Coming to France with all three of its riders, including Xavi Fores, the German champions proved competitive from the off, with Lanzi and Neukirchner finishing line astern in both races with a eighth and ninth in race one, then a fifth and sixth in race two.

Marking their best results in WSBK since Lanzi finished second on the DFX Ducati at Imola in 2010 and Neukirchner finished on the podium in Valencia back in 2009, it was a successful return for a team that is evaluating a fuller WSBK programme in 2015.

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3C Ducati stood to enjoy even better results had German champion Fores not endured a dismal race day, the Spaniard crashing out of a top six position in race one before technical issues consigned him to a double DNF in race two.