WSBK: Neukirchner Confirmed at Ten Kate

Newly sacked German rider Max Neukirchner has quickly found gainful employment,  signing a deal that will see him partnering with Jonny Rea on a Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR in the World Superbike series in 2010. This year, Neukirchner has battled injuries incurred at Monza and Imola and his contract with Alstare Suzuki was terminated in late September by team owner Frankie Batta, allegedly over concerns about his level of fitness. Current Ten Kate rider Carlos Checa, despite a flurry of late season activity, will not return to the Ten Kate team, who are downsizing to two riders in 2010. Checa is thought to be in line for a testing gig with the Ducati MotoGp team. Checa has a history with Ducati, having ridden for the team in MotoGP in 2005, alongside Loris Capirossi.

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really pleased to see checa gone from honda - a non tryer.

get on max early while the odds are good.

Max has proven he is class and if fit will be a competitor no doubt. Checa to a Duke testing roll makes sense too. He's past his racing use by date but will be able to push the test mule nearer its limits than Guareschi and hopefully bring his years of set-up experience to bear.

Motorcycles fall over if you don't go fast