Max Neukirchner has bid a fond farewell to the Ten Kate Honda team after concluding a desperately disappointing season with a pair of lowly points finishes.
The German, who missed most of last season due to injury, switched from Suzuki but failed to gel with the Honda CBR1000RR, the two-time race winner breaching the top ten just once all year.
Ending the season down in 18th position overall, perhaps the most telling statistic is Neukirchner's points tally of 54 points – 21 points less than he managed in just eight races with Suzuki last year prior to his injuries.
Despite signing a two-year deal with Ten Kate Honda, Neukirchner will not continue into 2011, the 27-year-old thanking the team for their efforts this season, but conceding he couldn't develop an affinity with the bike.
“I finished in the points twice, but like most of this season I didn't really find a good feeling with the bike. In the beginning there were some problems with grip levels and some electronics problems in race one.
“Of course, it has been a difficult season for all of us and I hope next season will go better. I'd like to say thank you to all the guys in the team, who are great. The relationship has always been really good, but the bike and I didn't really work together very well.”