Maxime Berger confirms WSBK graduation

The Frenchman steps up to the World Superbike Championship for the first time after three years at Superstock 1000 level.
Supersonic Ducati has confirmed that it has signed Superstock 1000 front runner Maxime Berger as its rider for the 2011 World Superbike Championship season.

Supersonic made its WSBK debut in 2010 with Luca Scassa, the Italian operation proving a worthy addition to the grid as it steadily forged it way up the hierarchy to occasionally challenge for the status of top Ducati representative.

With Scassa switching to Triumph in World Supersports, Supersonic have opted for a Superbike rookie in the shape of Berger, who joins the series after three seasons in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship.

Though he was never a title winner, Berger finished no lower than third overall during those three seasons and was the only rider to beat fellow WSBK graduate Ayrton Badovini in a straight fight during 2010.

Joining Supersonic in a two-year deal, the 21-year-old Frenchman is delighted to be fulfilling his dream with a move to the Superbike arena.

"This is an important day for me and my career. I'm really happy to join the Supersonic Team and start my adventure in World Superbike. Since the beginning of my career, Superbike was for me the premier class and the main goal.

“I will give the best I can and I'm flattered by the attention from Danilo Soncini, he has always shown interest, and believes in me. This is a great stimulus for me. The contract binds me to the Supersonic Team for two years and it is a very important aspect for me that will allow me to work without too much pressure to be able to adapt to the team and to this demanding category.

“I want to keep my number 21 also for SBK. A number certainly challenging and I intend to ask permission to Troy Bayliss before using it. It will be a further incentive to do well.”

Though largely unknown at the start of the season, Supersonic and Scassa made its mark at various times over the season, most notably its front row start at Imola and top ten results at Miller Motorsports Park and Magny-Cours.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 12, 2010 1:16 PM

Congrats to Berger - I hope he does well - didn't realise he was so young. TK should have taken him - they will need some fresh young talent to groom to replace Rea who is expected to go to MotoGP at the end of 2011. Also good luck to Scassa on the Triumph.


November 12, 2010 4:22 PM

I believe he is a very good bet. In Superstock he was the only one to put the Blade on Fire for 3 consecutive years (don't care if he was in Ten Kate Jr) and i fail to understand why th'a hell aren't the top teams whiling to take some bets in these talented young guns. Just look at what Parkalgar risked hiring a unknown pilot like Laverty (and gained with that bet), and is risking now by replacing him with a 20 years old.

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