WSBK » Haga: Forgetting 2009, remembering 2008

Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio eye a boost for soon-to-depart Ducati around the Nurburgring.

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Georges - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 3:44 PM

I'll follow the race, and even if I'm convinced Max will be the next world champion, even knowing that they will withdraw their official factory team (why :? :? :? ), I'm still supporting Ducati.... hopping a 2012 return(maybe with a D16 ?)

PhilW - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 4:38 PM

Ducati will be back in 2012 with the Superquadrata. They will use 2011 to put pressure on Infront to remove the restrictors as conditional on their return.
And it will happen, as WSB will never be the same without a Ducati works team.
Just hope they secure two decent riders for 2012 rather than the numpties they have now.

stepanik - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 6:51 PM

What is PhilW talking about? Has he been watching the steady decline of the Ducati program? The riders are not the problem as Haga battled for the championship last season. The problem is the bike plain and simple. It is now a dinosaur when compared to the upgrades of the other top tier teams and needs replacing or either to have been upgraded to be competitive. Heck, even Fabrizio was running consistently near the front last season which now demonstrates that the package is no longer competitive. Another indication was when Smrz team(a long time factory supported Ducati squad) switched mid season to the Aprilia from Ducati.

morini - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 9:20 PM

sorry to say but haga has had his chances and going nowhere,perhaps he can join the other great japanese rider who was going to whip everybody in bsb.

LeisureSuit Larry - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 9:48 PM

Dear Haga lovers, in racing you are only as good as your last couple of races - the past counts for nothing.
And he has been nowhere this year. As someone else said, Checa on the privateer Althea Ducati has shown the bike is competitive.

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