Current Lausitzring lap record holder Troy Bayliss got his weekend off to a good start by topping the time sheets in the opening Superbike free practice session.
The reigning World Superbike champion, who had a nightmare weekend at Brands Hatch last time out, knows he has nothing to lose in Germany and came out all guns blazing to post a 1m39.452sec at the end of his 16-lap stint.
Current championship leader Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland took second spot less than 2/10th behind with his closest championship rival in the form of Yamaha’s Noriyuki Haga in third.
Yamaha man Troy Corser set the pace early on but dropped to fourth at the end of the session with an impressive performance from fellow Aussie Karl Muggeridge in fifth.
German favourite Max Neukirchner put his local track knowledge and support to good use to claim seventh place to finish ahead of both factory Suzuki men Yukio Kagayama in ninth and Max Biaggi in 12th.
Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama previously tested at the circuit back in June.
Max Biaggi is traditionally a slow starter and is almost guaranteed to move up the order during this afternoon’s first qualifying session.
Lausitzring World Superbikes free practice one:
1 Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati 999 F07 1'39.452
2 James TOSELAND GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.628
3 Noriyuki HAGA JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'39.773
4 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 1'40.086
5 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.337
6 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.369
7 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'40.548
8 Lorenzo LANZI ITA Ducati 999 F07 1'40.557
9 YukioKAGAYAMA JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'40.601
10 Ruben XAUS. ESP Ducati 999 F06 1'40.911
11 Roberto ROLFO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.976
12 Max BIAGGI ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'40.984
13 Fonsi NIETO ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.023
14 Martin BAUER GER Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.594
15 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.824
16 Steve MARTIN AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'42.458
17 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'42.734
18 Yoann TIBERIO FRA Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.400
19 Jiri DRAZDAK CZE Yamaha YZF-R1 1'44.922
20 Luca MORELLI ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.441
21 Jakub SMRZ CZE Ducati 999 F05 1'45.456
22 Dean ELLISON GBR Ducati 999RS 1'47.663