Kiefer Racing and Neukirchner split, Di Meglio confirmed until season-end

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Monday, 17 September 2012

After having reviewed the current health situation of German rider Max Neukirchner, Kiefer Racing and Neukirchner have decided to terminate their collaboration by mutual agreement prematurely.

The findings by the medical team led by Dr. Kupfer found that as well as the break in his right metacarpal, there are several other fractures of the carpal bone of the right hand. Furthermore the injury to his left hand from the first race in Qatar has not healed 100%.

Due to the state of the right hand at the moment, surgery is not an option. Neukirchner has followed the advice of the medical team to let his hands heal completely, to prevent possible damage with too an early exposure to racing and the possibility of another fall. Estimated healing time is approximately six weeks. At a meeting at the San Marino GP at Misano on Saturday afternoon between Stefan Kiefer and Neukirchner’s management, they came to the decision to end the season prematurely.

French rider Mike Di Meglio, who substituted for the team in Misano yesterday where he finished the race in 18th place, has been named as a permanent replacement until the end of the season.

Stefan Kiefer, Team Manager

"Our season has not gone the way we hoped it would, which is clearly evident. Nevertheless our original plan was to end the season with Max, because it's not our way to end contracts prematurely. But unfortunately the crash in Brno happened. Because it makes no sense to wait until the last race to fulfil a contract, we have decided together with Max for the premature end. We wish Max a successful career and hope that he will find a team where he can work on the same friendly, almost familiar basis."

Max Neukirchner

"We launched in the season with great expectations. Unfortunately we have not managed except for in some practice sessions and races to implement them. Just when it got better again, this stupid crash happened in Brno. My doctors advised me to let the injury heal in peace. What results from an injured hand, we have seen after the fall in Qatar. Even if we weren´t able to fulfil our goals, I had a good relationship with the team and I wish them all the best for the future."

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