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Haga 'disappointed' with race two crash
28 May 2012
Noriyuki Haga wrapped up an excellent fourth place finish in the first MCE British Superbike race at Snetterton following a thrilling final lap duel with Alex Lowes.
Haga out-dragged the WFR Honda rider to the line to finish one place out of the podium positions, but a crash at Murray's ended the Swan Yamaha rider's hopes in race two.
“I am happy with the result we had in race one with fourth but I also at the same time feel a little disappointed because I still couldn't find the right feeling with the Swan Yamaha and that made it tough,” Haga said.
“We had worked hard on the suspension during the weekend to get a good feeling from the tyre but we didn't quite solve it for the first race.
“We made some changes for race two and the Swan Yamaha was feeling much better, but my crash was just a stupid mistake and I was disappointed as I lost the chance to get a podium finish.
“I have to apologise to the team and now I am looking forward to getting some better results at Knockhill.”
Team boss Shaun Muir, who saw Tommy Hill win the opening race before the reigning champion was forced out of race two with an overheating issue, admitted it had been a weekend of 'highs and lows' at the Norfolk circuit.
“I am disappointed for Tommy as he was certainly in a position to win the second race but unfortunately an overheating problem forced him to retire,” said Muir.
“Noriyuki is absolutely devastated as after the first race the team made some changes and he felt more comfortable and looked like he was really going to challenge for the podium.
“It has been a weekend of highs and lows but it has been character-building and we will come back stronger at Knockhill.”
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