Troy Corser backed his pace in this morning’s free practice session to take provisional pole with an impressive 1min 57.257 lap this afternoon.
The Yamaha Italia rider has clearly gelled with the German track, but his session wasn’t without incident as he became one of only two riders to crash.
The 35-year-old Australian lost the front at the long turn two left hand corner, which was put down to not having enough heat in his front tyre.
Troy Bayliss claimed second spot onboard his Xerox Ducati, but is still not 100 per cent happy with the bike set-up. Whilst he is confident in the front the Australian is experiencing a lot of movement from the rear so is looking to make some improvements overnight before heading into tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session.
Carlos Checa claimed third place but is still searching for more grip after having to change the set-up of his Ten Kate Honda compared to last time out at Miller Motorsports Park where he took the double win.
Local favourite Max Neukirchner looked as smooth and controlled as ever to put his Alstare Suzuki onto the provisional front row. Neukirchner was backed up by his team-mate Yukio Kagayama who set not only one of the fastest, but some of the most consistent lap times on his way to fifth spot and is clearly riding on a high following his victory at the Suzuka 300 race in Japan last weekend.
Nurburgring World Superbike first timed session results:
1 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha YZF-R1 1'57.257
2 Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098 F08 1'57.694
3 Carlos CHECA ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.878
4 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.929
5 Yukio KAGAYAMA JPN Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.956
6 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.989
7 Noriyuki HAGA JPN Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha YZF-R1 1'58.020
8 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098 F08 1'58.044
9 Ruben XAUS ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'58.258
10 Max BIAGGI ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'58.311
11 Gregorio LAVILLA ESP Ventaxia VK Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.322
12 Fonsi NIETO ESP Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.354
13 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.399
14 Sebastien GIMBERT FRA Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 Yamaha YZF-R1 1'58.506
15 Lorenzo LANZI ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'58.514
16 Makoto TAMADA JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.568
17 Jakub SMRZ CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'58.852
18 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS D.F. Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.976
19 David CHECA ESP Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 Yamaha YZF-R1 1'59.313
20 Shuhei AOYAMA JPN Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.488
21 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN YZF Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 1'59.642
22 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.675
23 Roberto ROLFO ITA Hannspree Honda Althea Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.690
24 Ayrton BADOVINI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.720
25 Jason PRIDMORE USA Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.620
26 Vittorio IANNUZZO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.705
27 Russel HOLLAND AUS D.F. Racing - Bertocchi Honda CBR1000RR 2'01.082
28 Loic NAPOLEONE FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 2'03.499