The new Nürburgring was completed in 1984 and called GP-Strecke. It was built to meet the highest safety standards, but was considered to be a shadow of the former 22.8 km Nordschleife circuit. World Superbike came to the Nurburgring in 1998 but following the second and final edition in 1999, the more recent German Rounds have since been held at Oschersleben and the Lausitzring.
For 2002, the track was changed, by replacing the former "Castrol-chicane" at the end of the start/finish straight by a sharp right-hander in order to create an overtaking opportunity. This and further changes extended the GP track from 4500m to its current 5137m. The Nürburgring is situated 90 km southwest of Cologne and 60 km northwest of Koblenz. The closest airports are Köln-Bonn (80 km) and Düsseldorf (120 km).