Maxime Berger got his first World Superbike points on the TT Circuit Assen

World Superbike: Ducati Racing Press Release

World Superbike: Despair in the Supersonic Team garage when Maxime Berger was forced to retire in race one and joy for the first three World Championship points earned by the French rider in the second round.

Maxime started from the fifth row with the seventeenth position, but unfortunately the same technical problem appear that forced him to retire at Donington. Finally solved the problem, the team made the right choice about using tires and this allowed Berger to fight up to the thirteenth position and earned the first three points in the drivers standings.

Maxime is now much more comfortable riding the Supersonic Team Ducati and this is promising for the upcoming races starting with the next round on the historic Monza circuit: “The temple of speed”.

Maxime Berger: “Unfortunately, the first race was ruined by a clutch problem. Immediately after the start I began to feel problems, but seemed to been resolved after some laps. Then, suddenly the clutch stopped working completely and I was forced to pit. Race two went much better, as I won my first points in World Superbike. After the problems at Donington and Phillip Island, I finally finished the race in a positive way. We decided to use a harder tire than the one used in race one. Of course at first I struggled a little because I could not push as I wanted. As soon as I realized that the tire had the right grip, I increased my pace finishing in thirteenth place. A good moral injection for me and my team and I thank them all for all work done here in Holland.”

Danilo Soncini: “The stop from Maxime in race one surprised us a lot. It’s a type of clutch, which usually works very well, but we could not risk anything for the second race so we used a Ducati clutch. Although they advised us to ride the soft rubber tyre in the second round, we started with a hard rubber, as the temperature was higher than in the morning. This has affected us in the early stages of the race, but finally the first World Championship points came for Maxime. Rider and team are continue growing and with some luck we believe we can do much better during the next race at Monza.”

Stefano Tacconi: “Exciting day! After the bad luck that we had this morning, the three points in the second round brought us moral, when drawing a comparison with football, we can say that he has collected a good draw away from home. We could do more and without the technical problem from the morning the points could have been much higher. Before the second race Maxime had promised me he would go for points and look what happened. I love the environment of Superbike and sure I will follow the Supersonic Racing Team at Monza.”

 

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