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Preview - Nurburgring.

As the only rider in the field to have won at the Nurburgring before on a world stage, Haga's team-mate Corser will no doubt be feeling confident ahead of this weekend. He needs to be too after a surprise fall in the US that brought an otherwise fine weekend to a premature close.

Ruben Xaus will also be looking for better form after scoring just two points at Miller, while eighth place Michel Fabrizio is keen to build on his performance in the US after scoring a pair of richly-deserved podiums.

Max Biaggi enjoyed his best weekend in the US since the opening round in Qatar with a fourth and ninth place finish on his Sterilgarda Ducati. He remains ninth overall in the standings though, leaving him keen to get back to where he is better accustomed to.

Fresh from their starring roles in the Suzuka 300km, winner Yukio Kagayama and second placed rider Ryuichi Kiyonari will be looking to translate that form back into the WSBK. Currently, Kiyonari is the better placed of the two after a pair of solid points finishes in the USA, although with a race winning bike underneath him, Kagayama will likely be up there if he can dial his Suzuki in.

Elsewhere, Gregorio Lavilla remains the best of the true privateers in 12th, despite a quiet weekend in the USA, one that saw Lorenzo Lanzi and Jakub Smrz close up to him on their independent Ducatis. Other notable performances came from the Alto Evolution Honda team, with Shuhei Aoyama unlucky not to score after showing well in practice and qualifying

Meanwhile, the last of the five manufacturers, Kawasaki, endured another tough weekend in the US, but Regis Laconi was at least pleased with another top ten finish after falling in the first race. After a significant improvement in qualifying however, they will look to challenge more consistently at the Nurburgring.

Previous Seasons

The seasons were 1998 and 1999, when both were dominated by Britain's Carl Fogarty on a Ducati.

Fogarty holds the qualifying record at the German track, 1 minute 38.842 seconds, while the lap record in the race belongs to his team-mate at the time, Troy Corser, in 1 minute 39.328 seconds.

In 1998, when the track was wet, race 1 saw a 1-2 for the Castrol Honda team, with Aaron Slight finishing ahead of Colin Edwards, while Pierfrancesco Chili took third on a Ducati. In the second race the Italian rider totally dominated proceedings and powered to the clear win, almost 12" ahead of Edwards and Corser.

The following year Carl Fogarty was again the protagonist of the weekend on the factory Ducati. In race 1 the British champion easily won from Aaron Slight and Troy Corser, while in the second race he surprisingly crashed, probably due to a lack of concentration.

At that point something curious happened. When Corser, in third, saw that his team-mate was in the gravel, his lap times immediately started to improve and he eventually caught Slight to win the race. The final podium place went to Akira Yanagawa on a Kawasaki.

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