MotoGP » Moto2: Neukirchner replaces champion Bradl at Kiefer

Kiefer Racing fills the void left by its Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl by signing fellow German Max Neukirchner for 2012.

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Lucky - Unregistered

November 27, 2011 12:12 PM

Is it just me or does this guy seem charmed?

No way would his results from the last couple of years (particulary Honda WSB) justify a seat on a title winning bike

Now if I could just get him to pick my lottery numbers......

cruachan - Unregistered

November 27, 2011 12:42 PM

It's hard not to think he's getting this ride for being German, although to be fair to him the injuries he had whilst at Alstare were horrific.

What odds his teammate being the equally charmed Ruben Xaus? :P


November 27, 2011 1:33 PM
Last Edited 1615 days ago

Well if West can go to MotoGP Max going to Kiefer makes sense.
Both had average seasons (at best) with "MZ" last year and their signing to go to a higher class (West) and a championship winning team (Max) implies that some in the paddock don't think it was the riders fault.

RJM - Unregistered

November 27, 2011 1:35 PM

I think Kiefer's sponsors were dependent on a German rider. That's the way of the world I'm afraid.

Kiefer had, we know, tried to move up to Moto GP in 2012 but couldn't find the money from Viessmann. Once they couldn't move up, they lost Bradl. And in order to retain the backing which has made them a major player in Moto2, they had to have a German. So Neukirchner gets a good ride next season. Big challenge for him to step up to the front though.


November 28, 2011 5:16 AM

If you ask me...that Honda SBK is starting to look like a career killer...Checa (the now WSBK Champ)got kicked to Althea (back then a second tier team), Kyonari got kicked, Max Neukirchner got his worst results and so did Xaus (hell, Xaus performed better on the BMW)...right now it looks like J. Rea is the Stoner of Honda SBK. Max is a decent rider but he has "lucked" into this spot (nationality or otherwise). However, I believe he can show some form with this bike but if not its back to the local scene for him. I truly wish him well because I thought after the form he showed on the Suzuki, he would be a WSBK title contender.

tucker - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 9:32 AM

MZ will most likely have Jonas Folger and Alexander Lundh for 2012, they both rode in the last round of the spanish championship. And Cortese has signed for Ajo Motorsport again, to ride a factory KTM.

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