The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team has signed Max Neukirchner to ride its Honda CBR1000RR in the World Superbike championship for the 2010 season.The 26-year-old from Stollberg in eastern Germany has spent much of his career on Honda machinery and already has five years’ experience in the World Superbike championship with 10 podium finishes, one with Honda in 2005; he also took two wins in 2008 on his way to fifth place in the series.Despite two visits to the podium at the beginning of the 2009 season, Neukirchner’s year has been blighted by injury following crashes at Monza in May and then during a test at Imola in July on his return.
However, specialist doctors, including a member of the FIM’s Medical Commission, have given Neukirchner a clean bill of health and have stated that this season’s injuries represent no barrier to his immediate return to racing. It is anticipated, therefore, that he will take part in the end-of-season World Superbike test at Portimao in Portugal on 27-28 October.Max Neukirchner Speaks…"I have to say that my feeling is really good right now. The Ten Kate team is so big and experienced and the CBR1000RR is clearly such a strong package. Jonathan has proved that with his victories this year and I’m really looking forward to being his team-mate as we are good friends. It feels really great to be back on a Honda; I am feeling fit and I’m determined to put a good season together next year."