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MZ confirm West and Neukirchner for 2011

MZ confirm West and Neukirchner for 2011

The Australian will continue in Moto2 with the team alongside new addition Neukirchner, whilst the German team has also announced a new structure.

MZ Racing has confirmed it will field a two-rider line-up for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship, with Anthony West – who campaigned the inaugural 2010 season with the team – being joined by German rider Max Neukirchner.

West, who registered three top-10 results this year with a best finish of seventh in Portugal, impressed MZ CEO Martin Wimmer with his persistence in 2010 and the former 250cc rider is pleased to have the Australian back on board for 2011.

"In the most difficult of conditions Anthony scored three top-10 results for MZ. He also proved that in wet conditions he is always a good bet for a podium finish. He's done a lot for us this year and we are happy to continue our great working relationship,” said Wimmer, who also expressed his satisfaction at Neukirchner’s Test display at Valencia earlier in November. “Max also proved during his first laps on the MZ what he is capable of.”

As well as announcing its on-track formation for 2011 the German-based manufacturer has also revealed a new structure, with Team Manager Peter Rubatto taking responsibility for all MZ’s Moto2 racing activities. This will include not just the World Championship outfit but also a team in the CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship) which MZ will use to aid the development of its machine, a process that will be conducted in cooperation with Marco Nicotari, whose company ProRide – based in Lucca, Italy – has been handed the responsibility of the technical aspect of the World Championship team.

West and Neukirchner will shortly test together at Jerez, with Neukirchner riding again in Almeria and Barcelona before the winter Test ban comes into effect on December 1st.

Moto2, 2010

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