Karl Muggeridge has vowed to 'give it his best shot' when he lines up for the Suzuki Alstare Brux team during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring.
The Australian was announced as the substitute for the injured Max Neukirchner in Germany, marking the first time he has competed with a factory-supported team since leaving Ten Kate Honda in 2006.
While the former World Supersport champion is an experienced member of the Honda family, one that has seen him competing for British Superbike team HM Plant in recent weeks, Muggeridge did begin the World Superbike season riding a Suzuki.
It means he expects to get up to speed with the GSX-R1000 K9 fairly quickly, even if he admits it is likely to be more advanced than the Celani machine he initially participated with.
“This coming weekend is a nice opportunity to work with Alstare again. The last time was when I raced Supersport for them in 2001 and it's good to see that many of the mechanics are the same ones I knew then. That will make my life easier when we start working with the bike on Friday for sure.
“The team are not putting any pressure on me at all and have told me to just ride the bike and do the best I can. I have spent some time with the Alstare mechanics and have seen the differences between the bike and the Suzuki I raced earlier this year. I think that the biggest difference will be the handling and the electronics.
“These days it takes quite a lot of time to understand the electronics and the changes that can be made and the quicker I can understand them, the better it'll be. I'm really looking forward to the weekend, even though I know it's not going to be an easy one, but whatever happens I will give it my best shot.”