Haga 'disappointed' as title hopes ended

Noriyuki Haga's will finish no higher than seventh place in his maiden British Superbike Championship season as he falls short of making the Title Showdown.
A crestfallen Noriyuki Haga has spoken of his dismay after he missed out on a place in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown at Donington Park.

The Japanese star rode through the pain barrier after breaking his collarbone in a fall at Cadwell Park, but it was a step too far even for 'Nitro Nori', who struggled to 21st and 12th places on the Swan Yamaha YZF-R1.

He may be down in the dumps after his chances of making the final top six title fighters evaporated yesterday, but Haga hopes to be back to something like his old self at Assen as he aims to return to the rostrum at the iconic Dutch circuit.

“I was very disappointed that my body was not 100% for this weekend and that I could not stay in a top six position,” he said.

“Up until race one I could not ride as well I would have liked as we couldn't find the right setting and I had many moments.

“When I almost high-sided then it made my shoulder painful again.

“My crew chief, Mark, found me a good setting for race two and then I felt better and really enjoyed the race.

“I will continue to try and heal some more for Assen and I really want get back on the podium there.”

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September 11, 2012 10:53 AM

Made a nob of himself? Mate you just did that to yourself by posting a silly comment like that He is in the last little bit of his career and he aint as fast as he used to be, that's the truth. Have a bit of respect Go #41!

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September 11, 2012 8:38 AM

hmmm....not sure what to read in to Nori's year. Understand that its a learning curve and appreciate a body not being fit. But.. His class of a rider should not have been struggling for a top 6 position in the championship. His CV punches a lot of weight, a lot more than most. A personal opinion - if Swan can give somebody like Nori ago, why can't they give Bridewell ago for a year? That is a guy who has been consistent this year and developed as a rider in leaps and bounds. Ow, and he's above Nori!

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