Max Neukirchner will return to his native Superbike series for a one-off outing later this month after being given a wild-card to ride at Assen for Ten Kate.
The World Superbike rider, currently competing in his first season with the Dutch-based team, will line-up for the German-based IDM Superbike Assen double-header on 20-22 August.
Set to race under the Ten Kate Racing Products banner – the customer arm of the WSBK team -, Neukirchner is looking forward to competing but is playing down any expectations that he will have it easy when he makes his appearance, insisting he has a new bike, a new team and new tyres to adapt to first.
“I'm really happy to have an opportunity to ride again at Assen – it's a fantastic circuit and I enjoy riding there. It should be a good weekend because I know quite a few of the IDM guys very well. I know Assen well, too, and we've done a lot of laps there this season testing and racing.
“However, I know for sure it won't be an easy weekend because the level in IDM is very high. There are factory teams and very good privateer teams, all with almost a season of racing this year.
“We will start on Friday with a completely new bike and a new team but the Ten Kate guys are very experienced and I'm sure we'll be able to find a good way forward very quickly. It will be a fun weekend.”
A two-time race winner at WSBK level, Neukirchner has endured a tough season with Ten Kate Honda, though he did score his one and only top ten result of the year so far during the WSBK Assen meeting.