Bologna (Italy), 11th November 2010: The Supersonic Team is ready for next season. The team managed by Danilo Soncini will once again participate in the World Superbike Championship and brings the young Frenchman Maxime Berger to the track on board the Ducati 1198.
Maxime Berger was born in Dijon, on June 27th 1989, and after winning the continental title in 2007 in Stock 600, he competed for three years in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. Maxime always gets good results concluding in the first three positions of the drivers' standings. The Supersonic Team confirms today its strategy to focus on young people and is now ready to possible improve the good results from last year with Luca Scassa with more experience and the valuable assistance from sponsors and Ducati.
Danilo Soncini - Team Manager: "I am very happy to have signed a two years contract with Maxime Berger and my team. After working with Luca Scassa last season, once again I preferred to focus on a young rider with great prospects. A decision, perhaps in contrast with World Superbike, which usually prefers experienced riders. I know Maxime very well because I follow him a long time and I have seen the continuous improvements. I am sure that we have chosen a young rider with great potential, a choice shared with the engineers from my team. Ducati will be with us next year in giving support, and we are excited to continue the collaboration that includes the provision of improved materials and support during the races. The choice of Berger is of course also welcome for the house in Borgo Panigale, for which Maxime Berger is a young man with great future prospects. We are planning to do some tests later this year to be able to deal in the best way during the first round of the championship in Australia in late February."
Maxime Berger: "Today is an important day for me and my career. I'm really happy to join the Supersonic Team and start my adventure in World Superbike. Since the beginning of my career, Superbike was for me the premier class and the main goal. I will give the best I can and I'm flattered by the attention from Danilo Soncini, he has always shown interest, and believes in me. This is a great stimulus for me. The contract binds me to the Supersonic Team for two years and it is a very important aspect for me that will allow me to work without too much pressure to be able to adapt to the team and to this demanding category. I want to keep my number 21 also for SBK. A number certainly challenging and I intend to ask permission to Troy Bayliss before using it. It will be a further incentive to do well".