In South Africa
With Team Suzuki Alstare Brux rider Max Neukirchner out of action for a while, there will be a familiar face in the Kyalami garage this coming weekend.
Former team member Fonsi Nieto will be taking Max's place in South Africa, joining up once again
with Yukio Kagayama.
Fonsi raced for the team last year and so knows the crew very well, but he has no experience of the GSX-R1000 K9 and will be starting the first day of practice completely afresh.
“Firstly, I want to wish Max all the best for a quick recovery. His crash at Monza was not his fault and he is lucky that the injuries are not worse than they are”, commented the Spaniard. “I am very grateful to Francis Batta for giving me this opportunity to ride for the team again and I will do my best to repay his faith in me. Although I know the team, I do not know the bike because it is a completely new and different bike to last year's model. So, I will have to learn the bike and learn the track at the same time and that is not so easy, but I will do my best for sure.”