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Haga to BSB?

“Just lost my 2nd ride for the year” - Anthony West.
World Superbike legend Noriyuki Haga could be heading to the Swan Yamaha team for the 2012 British Superbike Championship.

Haga, a 43-time WSBK race-winner and treble title runner-up, is now favourite to replace the injured Ian Hutchinson alongside reigning champion Tommy Hill.

Whilst the 'Haga to BSB' rumours are nothing new - and there is no official confirmation of a deal - the Swan Yamaha link moved a step closer to reality following a Tweet by Anthony West (@AntWest13) on Friday, which read "Just lost my 2nd ride for the year".

Having seen his planned MotoGP return end due to a lack of funding, West looked set to take over the vacant Swan Yamaha seat. A message on West's official Facebook page has now confirmed "Ant West lost the ride for the Swan Team".

That leaves Haga, absent from the 2012 WSBK entry list, as the only other big name thought to be in contention to replace TT ace Hutchinson... Time will tell.

It is assumed that Haga would race the full season (BSB has a Showdown format, where the top six riders fight for the title over the final three rounds) with the healing Hutchinson switching to a roads only deal.

Haga has raced in BSB before, entering two rounds while riding for the British-based Renegade Ducati team during the 2004 WSBK season, in order to get extra track time with the new Pirelli control tyres.

Haga's BSB debut was certainly memorable, the #41 being forced to ride through this fiery accident on the warm-up lap at Oulton Park! See below for full sequence (no rider was hurt)...



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Vince Whittle bounces off the armco while his Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Dennis Hobbs and Noriyuki Haga take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Dennis Hobbs (25) & Noriyuki Haga take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Dennis Hobbs (25) & Noriyuki Haga take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Noriyuki Haga takes evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Noriyuki Haga tries to take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Noriyuki Haga tries to take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s Ducati RS explodes in a fireball as Noriyuki Haga tries to take evasive action.
Vince Whittle`s bike on fire as Noriyuki Haga takes evasive action. All riders were ok.
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Liam48 - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 6:11 AM

I would love to see Haga in BSB and have a chance to meet the great man and it will just cement the fact that British Superbikes is the best domestic series on the world but Haga belongs on the world stage not in a national series but saying that maybe he can do a Hopkins and rebuild himself!

Rob Every - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 10:09 AM

Does the whole of racing owe West a living or something? What does the guy expect? He is crap at PR, looks dull and is far too ready to run off when a better deal comes along. What would you do if you were a team manager? I would never employ him, he moans more than I do for Gods sake! He has had a ton iof chances, just retire and do everyone a favour!



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