Tough round two for Haga

"I was starting to lose grip with the rear tyre and I had a few on the grass moments which meant I lost places" - Noriyuki Haga.
A technical problem in race one at Thruxton had a knock-on effect for WSBK legend and 2012 BSB rookie Noriyuki Haga.

The new Swan Yamaha rider had been working his way up the order from a lowly 16th on the grid in the opening race, when a technical issue forced him to retire after just five laps.

Haga then climbed from 13th to sixth in race two, but began to pay the price for not going the full distance in the first outing. Suffering from a lack of grip, the Japanese slipped back to tenth at the flag.

“We had an unfortunate problem in the first race and I had to retire but for sure we could have been up there as we were improving all the time,” said Haga. “It did make it difficult for race two as I didn't have all the data from race one like the other riders, but we didn't make many changes and then I was pushing hard in the first laps.

“It was hard to catch the leading group as we were out of the slipstream but Josh [Brookes] came past and he was very fast, by then I was starting to lose grip with the rear tyre and I had a few on the grass moments which meant I lost places.

“I was attacking Scassa before that and I think if we had finished race one we would have known more how the Swan Yamaha would react at the end of the race. I think Oulton Park should be a better result.”

Team owner Shaun Muir added: “Noriyuki had a really disappointing race one through no fault of his own as a technical problem ended his charge. He then didn't have the data from a full race and that cost him as he was looking like he could finish in the top six but then suffered with lack of grip towards the end of the race. He showed that he is moving forward so we expect to see more from him at Oulton Park.”

Haga is presently 15th in the BSB standings with nine points.

Tagged as: Noriyuki Haga , Thruxton

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Noriyuki Haga Swan Yamaha - [picture credit: Ian hopgood]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki BSB [Credit:]
Tommy Bridewell, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit:]
Shane Byrne, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Peter Hickman , RAF Reserves BMW, BSB, [Credit:]
Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha, BSB [Credit:]
Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha, BSB [Credit:]
John Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati, BSB [Credit:]
John Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati, BSB [Credit:]
James Westmoreland JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
Ian Hutchinson, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Howie Mainwaring, Danny Buchan, Tommy Bridewell [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot (GBR), Honda Racing, BSB [Credit:]
Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes, BSB [Credit:]
Danny Buchan (GBR), Be Wiser Kawasaki, [Credit:]
Shane Byrne, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha, BSB [Credit:]
Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha, BSB [Credit:]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

aa - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 3:56 PM

Give him a break, he's brand new to BSB and is having to adjust to our quirky circuits. He's new to the bike and to top it off BSB is one of the most competetive series out there. BSB isn't "easy" full stop.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.