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Max moved up to World Superbike in 2004 and he earned his first career podium in only his second race. Neukirchner had a topsy-turvy 2006. After not being picked up by his 2005 employer, Klaffi Honda, the German rider took up with the Pedercini Ducati squad before replacing Fabien Foret on the Alstare Engineering bike midseason.
Racing for the Suzuki Germany team in 2007, Neukirchner had a single career podium to his credit, along with a whole lot of crashes. He went a long ways toward finishing more races, however, as Nuke has been a frequent collector of the DNF in the past.
In 2008, the German ace joined the factory Alstare Suzuki team for what would be his best finish in World Superbike. On his 70th race he picked up his first career victory at Monza during Race 1 of the 2008 season – the first World Superbike victory by a German rider in series history. Neukirchner continued with the Alstare Suzuki team for 2009, but injury in Monza forced him out for multiple rounds. When it appeared he was ready to return, Neukirchner suffered another devastating crash during testing at Imola and he was out for the rest of the season.
In 2010 the German had another disappointing performance in the series, finishing 18th overall with zero podiums.
For 2011 Neukirchner signed with the German backed MZ Racing Team where he will race in the Moto2 Championship.
2010 – 18th World Superbike – Honda
2009 – 16th World Superbike – Suzuki
2008 – 5th World Superbike – Suzuki
2007 – 9th World Superbike – Suzuki
2006 – 18th World Superbike – Suzuki and Ducati
2005 – 12th World Superbike – Honda
2004 – 9th World Supersport – Honda
2003 – 3rd European 250cc Championship – Honda
2002 – 10th European 250cc Championship – Honda
2002 – 2nd German 250cc Championship – Honda
2001 – 5th German 250cc Championship – Honda
2000 – 10th German 250cc Championship – Honda