Japanese star Noriyuki Haga shrugged off his race two clash with Tommy Bridewell during the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Showdown at Assen.

World Superbike legend Haga, who was drafted into Paul Bird's Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team as cover for Ulsterman Keith Farmer, was taken out by new Milwaukee Yamaha signing Bridewell in race two.

However, Haga - who finished in a solid fifth place on the ZX-10R in race one - took the setback on the chin, saying: 'This is racing'.

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"It was good to be back racing again and thanks to the PBM team for the opportunity," Haga said.

"We are still working with the bike and we made some good progress in race one.

"In race two, I was feeling strong and then Bridewell crashed and took me out. This is racing and I'm looking forward to the next meeting now."

Haga made his debut for the team following a test at Snetterton, qualifying in 13th position at Assen.

Team owner Paul Bird, meanwhile, said he was 'satisfied' by the decision to disqualify Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes from the results in race two.

Lowes ran into the rear of Shane Byrne's Kawasaki, sending the defending champion crashing out at high speed.

"Everyone makes mistakes in racing and we accept that, just right now it's hard to take that my team is left with two crashed motorbikes to repair through the fault of others," said Bird.

"The good part is 'Shakey' and Nori are OK and we just left it to the officials to sort out as that is their job and we are satisfied with the outcome.

"We now look to the last two rounds and hope we have some better luck."