Un­der­dogs have their podium day

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See­ing rid­ers other than those from Kawasaki and Du­cati, and oc­ca­sion­ally Honda, on the podium in 2016 is an un­usual sight.

So hav­ing two rid­ers from dif­fer­ent pri­va­teer teams on the same podium was a dou­ble treat in race two.

Alex De Angelis (Ioda Rac­ing Team Aprilia) and Xavi Fores (Barni Rac­ing Team Du­cati) fin­ished sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, in what was an emo­tional day for both.

“Of course it is a spe­cial feel­ing,” said former GP star De Angelis, who had scored a best of sev­enth place be­fore his Sun­day podium. “First of all it is my first podium in Su­per­bike so the first time for ev­ery­one is some­thing spe­cial. I came from a crash in Ja­pan last year and I spent all my win­ter to make my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. I had surgery dur­ing the season, be­fore Aragon. It was not so easy but now, fi­nally, I am back with a smile.”

Former IDM cham­pion Fores used all his pre­vi­ous knowl­edge of Lausitz to take his first ever top three in WSB. “Yes I think it was im­por­tant be­cause in the past I was able to ride here in wet con­di­tions and I was able to ride here and I know which parts of the track are good and not good. I was rid­ing re­ally calm on the bike wait­ing for the mis­takes of the other rid­ers.”

ÔI had surgery dur­ing the season but now I am back with a smileõ ALEX DE ANGELIS

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