2011 World Superbike PrepMaxime Berger made his debut on the Supersonic Team Ducati 1198 this weekend, the Frenchman participating in two days of World Superbike testing at Circuit de Cartagena in Spain.
The weather conditions were good, allowing the Supesonic Ducati team to finely tune the 1198. The two days of testing were important both for Berger, who tried for the first time a twin bike, and for the Supersonic Team that decided to take a step forward in preparation for the upcoming 2011 Superbike season. Berger responded and the owner of the Italian team, Danilo Soncini, responded optimistically to the Superbike tests.Maxime Berger (Supersonic Ducati Superbike) says: "I’m really happy to have done these two days of testing at Cartagena. Eager to ride for the first time the bike, which I will ride in next World Superbike Championship and to know my new team." "My impressions are very positive. After riding only a few laps to adjust to the Ducati 1198, I realized that it was easier than expected to find a good feeling with the powerful twin. I had never tried a bike with traction control before but I got used so quickly. In the second day of testing we have done a huge amount of work and I managed a best time of 1’34"1." "It was fine to spend the two days with my engineers and I must say that I found a really skilled and motivated team. I am sure that I will give everyone a great time during the season."Danilo Soncini (Supersonic Ducati Superbike Team Owner) says: "The two days have been really helpful. Despite the low temperatures, the team could work hard during the two days of testing. I am extremely happy with the way and how Maxime Berger debuted on our Ducati." "It went all very well with both the bike and the team even beyond our expectations. Despite the track conditions, Maxime proved to be a very fast rider. We did a lot of work, start our program that will allow us to be present at the first race at Phillip Island on the best way.""Most likely we will made a few days of testing at Valencia, and during the first official superbike practice at Portimao at the end of January. Now we can afford a little rest and I take this opportunity to wish you all the best season’s greetings."After Ducati pulled all factory efforts of the World Superbike, Supersonic is one of three teams competing on the famed Italian motorcycles with Althea Racing (Carlos Checa) and Liberty Ducati Team (Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli).The European Superstock 600 Champion Berger signed a one-year contract with Supersonic Ducati, with an option to sign an additional year.The 2011 World Superbike Championship kicks off at Phillip Island on Feb. 27.