After a break of about forty days, the World Superbike Championship is ready begin again with the two races in the 9th round scheduled for August 19 and 20 at Lausitz EuroSpeedway (Germany).
Built at the end of the 1990s on an abandoned coal mine, the circuit is located in the city of Schipkau about 40 miles from Dresda in former East Germany.
However, the track was recently purchased by Dekra, which has decided to transform it into a test center after these two races are over.
The track used by the Superbikes debuted in 2001. It is 2,650 miles long and none of its straightaways measure more than 766 yards. There are 14 corners, eight of which are to the left.
Rain is a common variable during the race weekend: Last year it fell during the Superpole1 on Saturday and the day after it rained during Race 2, causing the air temperature to drop to 53°F.
The problem doesn't effect the steel discs in any way, which by rule cannot contain any more carbon than 2% of its overall weight.
But it could cause vitrification in the Z04 Brembo brake pads if the riders aren't able to bring them down to the minimum operating temperature.
According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 17 World Superbike riders, Lausitz EuroSpeedway is a fairly demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, exactly the same score given to the tracks at Portimão and Losail.