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Lorenzo Savadori leads the way at the Lausitzring

After an almost 10-week break, the Superbike World Championship returned to action at Lausitzring. The man to hit the ground running in Germany was IodaRacing Team Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori. The World Superbike rookie was happy to return from Summer break as the man on top of the charts, but felt there was still work to do.

“I’m happy because I don't know this track, it is my first time here,” Savadori said. “I’m happy for me, Aprilia and the team Ioda because we work very hard. I need to improve the feeling with the track and also the bike, but I’m happy for today.”

Trailing Savadori by .034 of a second was Althea BMW’s Markus Reiterberger. Although there’s a lot of pressure for the German rider to deliver at his home World Superbike round, Reiterberger was quite happy to be back to competitive form after being away so long recovering from injury.

“I’m very happy to be back on the World Superbike after the long injury break. I feel good now,” Reiterberger said. “For sure the pressure is high with all the people here, but I enjoy a lot the riding. We have a good day today, first of all I try to get back the rhythm on the bike. Now I feel good, the second practice we were quite fast, so we can work like this, but we almost take care to the weather condition; we don’t know what will happen. So we continue our work.”

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes was third on the timesheets and fairly happy with his progress, although he knows everyone will have to start from square one again tomorrow if the predicted bad weather arrives. “We have made so many changes today,” Sykes said. “We had a test here on a standard Ninja ZX-10R, which was useful in a way, but as soon as I jumped on the racebike this morning the circuit was so much different. That said, in some ways it was easier than I expected on the racebike. I struggled at times to find speed this morning but in the end we found something and we have to be happy with the set-up we have. It is great how close and competitive the field is today. I feel we are quite fast and quite consistent, and I am looking forward to tomorrow. Unfortunately it looks like we have some bad weather approaching. If that is the case we will start again with set-up tomorrow in the wet. We already have good feeling in the dry, so we will be ready for the races.”

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