WSBK » Haga forced to settle for second again

Noriyuki Haga is forced to settle for the runners-up spot for the third time in his career as he watches Ben Spies take the 2009 World Superbike title

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Matt Bostock

October 26, 2009 11:14 AM

Spies won the title fair, no one can take that from him and congrats to Ben. However I can't help but feel that Haga was robbed by the one man that should have helped defend him, if not for Haga then for the TEAM!! People are saying Fab is not to blame and Haga should have won it on his own BUT surely Ducati would have wanted the championship and as a TEAM mate to the man in with a chance of winning it surely Fabs JOB was to help his TEAM mate secure it? I also wonder what Tardozzi was saying to Fab? Maybe he was saying 'You'll never work again'? I am pretty sure Ducati will not look kindly on the fact that Fab DID deny Hage 10 points whether he deserved them or not! TEAM EFFORT!

silvers - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 11:30 AM

I am bloody devastated that Nori has finished second again. He has been my favourite rider ever since I first saw him in 97 but he has been on the wrong end of some serious bad luck. getting robbed of the title in 2000 and Yamaha's' decision not to give him a go on the M1 after his one year with them in GP. He had been riding 4 strokes for years but after one poor season on the YZR they cast him aside.
Anyway, I think that Tardozzi had no say in the result at Imola. The Ducati big guys were there (Domiacalli & Presiozi) and I think they made the call on letting an Italian win at home on a Duke.

Oh well, heres to next year Nori! :)

gringo - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 11:50 AM

gutted for ya Nori!!! Really wanted this for ya.
Congrats to Ben Spies pretty outstanding performance for a first season in the championship.
I have to say though not convinvced of the impact most our americans friends think he will have.
Reaaly looking forward to him proving me wrong at Valencia and again next year.
Go Ben and Nori!!!!


October 26, 2009 1:23 PM


Do you not remember Bayliss in GPs and then coming back to WSBK and dominating? I don't think Toseland will dominate like that at all, but I guarantee he will show us his form again just like he did before he left. He'll be hungrier than ever to prove himself, and on the R1 I think he show us what he can do.

cyclopathic - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 1:35 PM

at Yammy 09

Spies bad points
Mechanical problems at Kyalami - 25-20 points
Running out of fuel Monza - 25 points
Taken out by Fabrizio Brno - 25 points
Getting run off track Phillip Island - 25-20 points

Haga bad points
Falls off in Dongington - 16 points
Bird in the bike Monza - 20-16 points

you are missing a few

crash in Valecia R1
crash in Assen R2
clutch problem in Misano R2
running out of fuel in Monza costed 24pt (got 1 point for 15th)
forced by Max off track at Imola R2

big off in Miller during practice
crashing in Portimao R1
Rea taking him off in Nurburgring R2

Both riders deserved title and had their share, it could have gone either way

BB - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 2:42 PM

If its a team sport, then Fabrizio took 24 points off Haga on the eight occasions he beat his team leader when they both remained upright. At what stage of the season should Fabrizio have been told to back off and let Haga pass? Week 5 when he cost 5 points, but was pushing Spies for second in the championships - maybe wk 8 (cost Haga 6 points) when Fabrizio was only 7 points down on Spies.

Either a 'racer' is a definite No2 and never allowed to beat the team leader (queue lost sponsorship revenue, crowds, TV audiences)or let them race and have exciting competition to the end

Wbill - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 3:03 PM

Turn WSBK into a TEAM sport where team mates let each other pass the other for points and block other riders on A rountine basis is the FASTEST way to to lose viewers. Sure, it happens, Sure, it's a team sport, but leave it as an indiviual sport on the track. I want to see the BEST RIDER win, not the best team. Spies did it al alone this year and that's the way it should be.

phil - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 3:33 PM

Haga was on arguably the best bike in the best team and he still can't win it.
He's not going to have it his own way next year either,remember JT is a 2 times WSB champ and he's beaten haga in the past. Lots of other good riders on good bikes next year too. J Rea will be serious contender for the title.
Haga, always the bridesmaid.

Sun in TX - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 3:41 PM

Motorcycle racing is NOT a team sport when the riders are on the track. There are actually rules in AMA motocross about effecting the outcome or a race or the finishing position of a teammate by blocking or letting someone pass that will get your team disqualified.
Nori would not have wanted a hollow championship by having his teammate roll over and neither would his real fans.
What a surprise, the guy who dominated all season long on the track won the championship just like it's suppossed to be.

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