Max Neukirchner

Max Neukirchen ( born April 20, 1983 in Stollberg / Erzgeb. ) Is a German motorcycle racer.

In the motorcycle world championship in 2012, he started for Kiefer Racing Moto2 class. His ultimate goal is, by its own account, but the change in the MotoGP class. He currently drives in the World Superbike Championship for MR -Racing.

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Max Neukirchen was already laid the enthusiasm for racing in the cradle. Its discoverer and promoter of his father, Lothar Neukirchen, the three-time East German road champion was in the 250 cc class, and in 1994 even played a few races in the 500 cc World Championship.

His first experience on two wheels collected Neukirchner the bike trial and motocross in MSC Thalheim. In 1997 he started his racing career in the ADAC Junior Cup in his father's team on a 125cc Aprilia. From 2000 to 2002 he participated in the German Championship in the 250 cc class. In the first two years, he took it ranks ten and five, he was behind Christian Gemmel 2002 runner-up.

From 2000 to 2003 Max Neukirchen denied the motorcycle championship in the quarter-liter class, last year he was doing behind the Japanese taro Sekiguchi and Vesa Kallio from Finland EM- third. He also participated in this class in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 as a wild card rider at the Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring in the motorcycle world championship in part, his best result here was the 15th place in 2003.

Supersport World Championship

For the season 2004 Neukirchner then joined by the two-to four-strokes and the team played in the Austrian Klaus Klaffenböck with a Honda CBR 600 RR, the Supersport World Championship. His best result of the season reached the axle with fifth place in the Germany race in Oschersleben. At the end of the season, he finished with 63 points in ninth place in the World Cup overall standings.

Superbike World Championship

For the 2005 season Neukirchner increased with Klaffi Honda team in the Superbike World Championship. In the fourth race in the Australian Phillip Iceland, he managed the third place the jump on the podium. After that, he was a regular at the top Ten. In the overall standings with 123 points, the axis occupied twelfth place and had thus only eight points less on the account as his more experienced team-mate Italian Pierfrancesco Chili.

In 2006, things looked a long look as Neukirchner would remain in Klaffi team, but was obliged to be short before the season, the Brazilian MotoGP star Alex Barros, was no longer a place for him. He was offered, although at to be able to continue for a large sum of money, but knew that this was not easy to get in such a short time. So Neukirchner finally landed in a small private team of the Italian Lucio Pedercini, where he piloted a Ducati 999 RS. After a short time it was found that the axis with the inferior material of the team simply did not get along, after a series of defects and associated falls he lost confidence in the motorcycle completely and finally left still during the season the team. The last race of the season, he played then on a Suzuki GSX- R 1000 K6 in Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra the Belgian artist Francis Batta, where he replaced the French Fabien Foret, with its achievement, the team was not satisfied. In the overall standings of the season Neukirchner finished with 28 points to 18th place.

As a possible extension of this contract for the 2007 season failed, Neukirchen, assisted by a Suzuki Germany Team Suzuki Germany. He was assisted by Mario Rubatto, who acted as team manager and engine specialists Kurt Stückle. As a motorcycle it was a year - Kit Suzuki GSX- R 1000 K6 available. In the season made ​​it Neukirchner to come regularly in the top ten and made ​​only two failures - of all things in the first race at the home race at the Lausitzring and in the second race at Magny -Cours. For the last two races in France, he replaced the injured Yukio Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra Kagayama in the factory team. Finally equipped with first class material, he secured the second place in the first race and came in fourth place. With 149 points, he reached the 9th place in the overall classification of the season.

Trip to the World Endurance Championship in 2007

On 21 and 22 April 2007 Max Neukirchen guested in the FIM Endurance World Championship in the 24 -hour motorcycle race of Le Mans. He drove there a Suzuki GSX- R 1000 K7 Suzuki factory team SERT Suzuki 2 Neukirchner succeeded during the race the fastest lap, as a reward he was allowed to take over the machine after the last pit stop in the guide lying again, and finally as the winner over go finish line. The axis circled, along with his two French teammate William Costes and Guillaume Dietrich, the Bugatti Circuit 818 times what an average speed 142.303 km / h corresponded.

Season 2008

Due to its continued good performance Neukirchner received a place in the Suzuki factory team, where in addition to the Spaniard Fonsi Nieto and the Japanese Yukio Kagayama he went, but no current work machine, but a technically upgraded last year's model of Max Biaggi rode for the 2008 season. In the third event, in Valencia, Spain, the Saxons achieved the first pole position of his World Superbike career. After he had led the entire first run and had his first victory already in mind, Neukirchen was brought in the last turn of local hero Carlos Checa in a daring overtaking the innocent fall. He retired to a broken collarbone. On May 11, 2008 Max Neukirchen celebrated the first race in Monza, Italy his first Superbike World Championship race victory. He sat down with just 58 thousandths of a second ahead of the Japanese Noriyuki Haga on the Yamaha through and so became the first German ever who could achieve a victory in the discharged since 1988 championship. Shortly thereafter, the axis extended his contract in the Alstare Suzuki factory team for two years until 2010. Followed in June 2008 at the San Marino race in Misano, the second win of the season. Then enter the Stollberger but no further podiums, which he was passed in the standings from his temporary second place to fifth. In the final standings Neukirchner missing while 149 points to world champion Troy Bayliss, yet on the runner-up Troy Corser he had only 31 points behind.

Season 2009

In the 2009 season Neukirchner formed with Yukio Kagayama the Suzuki factory team in the World Superbike Championship. Already at the first race of the season in the Australian Phillip Iceland the axis fought with Noriyuki Haga until the last lap for the win and had to settle the Ducati factory rider beaten by only 0.032 seconds.

On 10 May 2009, at the fifth round of the season, Neukirchen was involved in the high-speed track in Monza, Italy in a serious accident. The axis was taken shortly after the start, in the lead, guiltless from the motorcycle of ousted Australian Brendan Roberts and retired on the right leg a femoral neck fracture and two fractures to the lower leg. Neukirchner was operated for six hours at Monza on the same day and later further treated in Chemnitz.

Two months later, on 16 July 2009 Neukirchner crashed hard again during test drives in Imola, Italy. He had a high-side exit of the Tamburello curve and was thrown in a high arc of his Suzuki. After he gave shortly after the accident itself, to have suffered no serious injuries, a fracture of the twelfth thoracic vertebra ( Th12 ) was diagnosed later in a hospital Bolognese. Neukirchner had to wear a corset for 30 days. In order not to take any further risk, he said 2009, no more races.

Season 2010

In the 2010 season Neukirchner went for the Dutch Ten Kate Honda factory team at the start. The Saxon was awarded a three -year contract, his team-mate was the Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea. Due to lack of success, the contract was dissolved at the end of the season.

World Motorcycle Championship

Season 2011

In the 2011 season Neukirchner entered as a works driver for MZ in the Moto2 class of MotoGP World Championship.

Season 2012

In the Motorcycle World Championship 2012 Neukirchner starts for the team Kiefer Racing Moto2 class. It replaces the 2011 in the MotoGP class ascended the season as world champion Stefan Bradl. In the second free practice session for the Czech round at Brno he came through a high-side to fall and broke his right hand. Before the race in Misano, Italy, Max Neukirchen parted and the pine team in mutual agreement after turned out to violations of Saxony as severe.


In the World Motorcycle Championship

In the Supersport World Championship

In the Superbike World Championship