Noriyuki Haga is refusing to dwell on missing the podium during the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park after a moving back into the crucial top six in the overall standings.
The Japanese rider returned to the Cheshire circuit looking to replicate the podium he achieved at the same venue earlier this season, but while he was competitive in each of the three races, he would fall just short of the rostrum by claiming two fourths and a fifth place.
Despite having Josh Brookes snatch third on the final corner of the last race, Haga was nonetheless pleased with the step-forward made on the Swan Yamaha and is confident the improved set-up will benefit him come the next round at Brands Hatch.
“We started off the weekend with a good setting from before and I have been working with my new crew chief Mark and we continued to find a good positive setting. We were consistent in all three races, for sure we need to do some work with the rear suspension setup but my feeling is getting better.
“In the last race I was happier and I no longer feel like I am sometimes riding a motocross bike and that we can go to one of my favourite tracks next at Brands Hatch and be fast.”
Haga is now back up to sixth position in the overall standings, just two points behind fifth place man Tommy Bridewell.