Maxime Berger Loses Rear Wheel at Donington Park [Video]

maxime_berger_loses_a_wheelWell this is something you don’t see every day. While racing around the Donington Park track, Maxime Berger’s rear wheel breaks off and flies down the track ahead of him.

Berger, who rides a Ducati 1098R for the Supersonic Racing team, suffered “unexpected rim failure” at Donington Park.

Berger was unharmed in the crash.

Here’s the video of Maxime Berger losing his wheel at Donington Park.

“I’m disappointed and incredulous,” said Berger. “I’ve never had to stop twice for two such strange reasons. The rim broke. I was lucky because it broke in a slow corner. I went to the ground without knowing what happened. Practice had gone well. I had a good feeling with the Ducati and was at a pace that would allow me to win my first points in the championship. Anyway, the team did a great job here at Donington and with their help I am sure the results will come in the coming races.”

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Supersonic Team Makes Official Launch in Italy

Berger_SupersonicThe Supersonic team is all about experience, and youth. The new World Superbike team is looking forward to the 2011 season, and Danilo Soncini, the founder and owner of the team, is has a lot of faith into his new rider, Maxime Berger.

Berger, Soncini, and the rest of the Supersonic team made their official launch this weekend, showcasing their new livery, rider, and motorcycle.

“It will be soon my first World Superbike race,” said Maxime. “It is our goal to always get some points in the top ten, but I have to learn many things to exploit the full potential of my Ducati.”

Berger will be a World Superbike rookie, but he has plenty of experience around the track. Berger has rode the last three season in the Superstock 1000 series, and finished on the podium during everyone of those seasons. Berger has also raced in the Supersport and the Superstock 600 series.

Soncini said that he chose Berger because “he is an experienced and young rider, young just like the team.”

The Supersonic team, which will be using a red, black, and white motorcycle with a grey tank during the 2011 World Superbike season, will head to Phillip Island next week for the final testing session before Berger makes his WSBK debut.

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Berger and Supersonic Finish Testing at Aragon

maxime_bergerCold weather has prevented the Supersonic Team from getting the most out of their Aragon test, but Maxime Berger was still able to complete 52 laps on their final day of testing. Berger and the Supersonic team will have one more chance to test out the Ducati 1198 before the start of the World Superbike season.

“Our test in Europe ended today,” Berger said. “Now we have two days of testing at Phillip Island, where we will use all we tried during the winter tests. Today I also made a first slip, which fortunately did not have any consequences for me or the bike. The track was cold and the tires were struggling due to the low temperature. However, we have tested many parts and at the end today we were concentrated on the brakes. Even today we have a lot of data that will be useful in the future. I cannot wait to leave for Australia.”

The World Superbike riders will have their final testing session at Phillip Island on February 21st and 22nd, before the season begins the following weekend.

“Today was very cold and we worked hard with the team,” said team manager Danilo Soncini. “Maxime Berger was not able to push hard but we have done a good job. Overall, we are satisfied because we were able to test many new parts and Maxime rode a lot getting more confidence with our Ducati 1198. Now we’ll make the final checks and then we can prepare all to ship the bikes to Australia. In a few weeks the new season will start, it gets serious, we are ready.”

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