Haga apologises after Knockhill tumble

Noriyuki Haga counts the cost of his DNF in race two at Knockhill, though he remains well in the hunt for the top six showdown.
Noriyuki Haga has apologised to his Swan Yamaha team after seeing the prospect of a top five finish at Knockhill scuppered by a crash.

The Japanese rider was making his debut around the quirky Scottish circuit this weekend, but adapted well to its crests and troughs to qualify on the second row, giving him confidence that he could challenge for a second podium of the season.

As it happens, Haga couldn't maintain the pace of the leaders in the first race and after slipping into the clutches of Tommy Bridewell he would cross the line behind the BMW rider to finish where he started.

Changes to the Yamaha between the races suggested progress, but while Haga was able to cling onto the lead group in the early stages, a tumble at Scotsman would bring an abrupt end to his day.

“In race one I was happy with the result for my first time here, but during the race I wasn't comfortable to run at the pace that we needed to be at the front. We made a mistake with the direction we went with the setting and we wanted to improve in race two.

“The second race I had a better feeling but I still couldn't push as hard as I wanted to and then I lost the front and crashed. We didn't have a lot of time to make big setting changes this weekend but my Swan Yamaha crew worked very hard and I need to thank them and also say sorry for the crash.”

Despite the accident – his second in three races -, Haga remains confident that he can crack the crucial top six before the first portion of the season has finished.

“I am ninth in the standings and I will do everything I can to jump to fifth or sixth which we need for the Showdown,” Haga, who is just 12 points behind sixth place Bridewell said. “I look forward to Oulton Park and I think we can have another good result there.”

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dave from the don - Unregistered

June 26, 2012 10:39 AM

At least he's trying! getting well stuck in. If he was languishing outside the Top 10 then he would deserve a slating. The guys at the front are fast. Is he really that bad? Id be interested to hear what Shaun Muir's expectations were for Haga. Given the lack of WSB form since 2009, i think what we're seeing is more or less in line. His supposed wages might be another matter entirely!


June 26, 2012 1:37 PM

Haga was MEGA at Knockhill on Saturday, during the wet practice he was close to the white line through Hislop's lap after lap after lap... it was brilliant but SCARY to watch then he crashed in Q1 then with 5 minutes left in Q2 he came out and went fastest, the guy is a true legend. On Sunday he was having trouble through the hairpin he lost the front and nearly lost the rear during race 1 and in race 2 he was pushing to catch the leaders. Remember Knockhill is very different to anywhere he's raced before but he loved the place, also he's a true gentleman, I met him when he was walking around the track on Friday... Go Nori!

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