Supersonic Racing's brief two-year World Superbike Championship came to a satisfying end as Maxime Berger gave it its best result in its final appearance in Portugal.
Less than two years after making its WSBK debut at the same circuit with Luca Scassa, Supersonic Ducati will not continue as it is beyond 2011, though it has since announced that it will be reborn as the new 'Ducati Roma' operation.
Keen to give Supersonic a strong finale, Berger duly delivered with an excellent run to seventh in the first race, the Frenchman climbing to the front of the mid-pack to beat the likes of Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam and Jakub Smrz.
Following it up with a tenth place in race two – despite starting from the back of the grid -, it was a fitting way for Supersonic to pass the baton to Ducati Roma, while rookie Berger thanked the team for giving him his Superbike chance.
“I gave everything I could and I ran both races at the limit,” he said. “In race one, I really enjoyed the moments I battled with riders such as Biaggi, Haga and Haslam. Seventh place in the first race is the best result of my first season in Superbike and I am very happy with my performance.
“In race two we had a problem with the "ride-by-wire" exact on the moment to get on track. My technicians are immediately intervened and solved the problem, but I needed to line up behind the starting line and therefore I went on the last place on the grid.
“I threw myself into the race and was pushing more than I could to recover position after position, up to finish the race in tenth. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart, Danilo Soncini and my whole team who helped me this season. They believed in me and allowed me to get good results. To them goes my great gratitude."