What's going on with Neukirchner?

Alstare Suzuki man says he's fit, his team says he's not

STRANGE THINGS are happening between Max Neukirchner and his Alstare Suzuki WSB team.

The squad have just released a statement saying:

"We were surprised to read, on his website, that Max Neukirchner will be able (and be allowed) to participate in the Portimao tests on October 26. At a medical check-up in Imola recently, doctors Costa, Corbascio and neuro-surgeon Professor Bollini all declared that they would not take responsibility for allowing Max to ride a bike again this year."

This follows separate medical tests on the German rider who broke his back in two places earlier this year and has had to have his spine fused across the breaks. There has been much concern that he will now not be able to race again although the claim by Neukirchner that he will be at the test at the end of October seems to have scuppered those rumours.

You would have thought that he would have told his team though, wouldn't you?