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Neukirchner returns to action in Portugal

Max Neukirchner completes his first two days on a World Superbike machine, six months after he last raced
Max Neukirchner took an important step on his lengthy road to recovery as he made his debut in Ten Kate Honda colours during post-season testing at Portimao.

The German rider has not raced since breaking his leg in an accident at Monza in May, although it is a more recent accident during testing that forced him to miss the second-half of the 2009 World Superbike season.

Nonetheless, having severed ties with Suzuki Alstare, Neukirchner was back on a bike in Portugal as he jumped aboard the Honda CBR1000RR to sample the machine he will be riding in 2010.

Having suffered back injuries in his accident at Imola, Neukirchner admits he was taking it steady over the two days as he worked on getting a feel for riding again.

“I did 70 laps on both days of the test, including runs of 16 laps so I'm quite tired after being off a bike for six months. I've been training hard at home, but riding a bike is quite different and I know I've got a lot more work to do!

“However, I am really happy with the way this test has gone and on the second day I could feel that the pace was definitely coming, lap by lap. I got a really good feeling with the bike and the team. Of course, there is a long way to go before I can really understand how the bike works but it is a very good start.”

Neukirchner set the tenth best lap of the test with a time of 1min 43.549secs.


Tagged as: Honda , Ten , Kate , Neukirchner , Portimao

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brightonboothy - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 12:55 PM

Quote: "I think Max has been less than honest with the truth about his health." And what exactly do you know about his health? Are you his private physician, perhaps? You don't think that Francis Batta might have been less than honest...?

boots boots

October 29, 2009 10:59 PM

True Max had a good opportunity on the Suzuki earlier this year, but got taken out of the year by someone else's doing. I'm sure as a team owner Ten Kate knows what he is doing when picking a guy to ride his machine. Saying he needs to win or go away is a bit harsh.



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