WSBK » Lorenzo Zanetti signs for PATA Racing

Superstock standout Lorenzo Zanetti will make his World Superbike debut next season with PATA Racing.

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December 21, 2011 7:29 PM

Congrats to Zanetti..of course. I am never one to wish bad on anyone. I believe that Haga would be the better option but who knows what factors could have taken the team down this road. Haga is top flight material and maybe the team couldn't afford it. I hope that Haga gets a ride! he is still on his game regardless of all the "bridesmaid" jokes. I will be pi**ed too if he is not on the WSB grid. Maybe CRT could be an option?
Hey about digging up some info on Haga, instead of putting out a bunch of non important stories.

41 - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 7:31 PM

I remember 98-00 seasons with Hage wining races in style . In those years SBK magazine was showing interwiew with riders on 2nd and 3rd place . Not even a word about Haga!! Haga must win races to have any chance to stay . And you know why? Because he is Japanese! that's why! 11 people who comment this story doesn't mean everybody is the same . We are a planet of racists!
In the same way were gone Harada, Manako and others and they were much faster that Capirossi or Melandri . Because they were japanese the didn't have the same chances.
I hope Haga will still be on the grid next year but i'm affraid this is the end.

Boo - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 7:49 PM

I think Infront were already funding Haga's ride at PATA, so perhaps they aren't quite so willing this year. Be a shame to see him go, but there he is notoriously quiet when it comes to the off-season.

I think Kiyonari is racing in Japan next season, if I'm not mistaken


December 21, 2011 11:47 PM

@ davet1985

I agree I would also like to see Yamaha bikes on the WSBK grid but doubt very much it will happen.
When Yamaha quit it was reported that several teams were negotiating to take over running the bikes but these all ended when Yamaha made a public statement that they were willing to supply production machinery only to any team & would not be passing on the race prepared bikes used in 2011 or offering any backup further than the same spare parts anyone could buy.

It has been reported by some websites that the "works" WSBK bikes of 2011 have found their way into the ownership of Swan Yamaha in BSB but I doubt this is true because the work needed to repurpose & redesign them to the 2012 BSB "Evo" spec would be more intensive than starting with a base customer spec machine.

Moses - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 10:12 AM

if Haga dont engaged a bike for next year, i retire too, the only solution now is a 3rd official Kawasaki just say another some up comments...

i guess no bikes free, right?

a 4th Ducati in Effenberg second team?
i dont know, but dont give a bike to Haga is a crime


December 22, 2011 11:34 AM

@ Moses

Effenbert team boss said they surely won't have more bikes in WSB, they may only expand in Superstock. It's hard to imagine that someone who took podiums last year can't find a ride.

Mick - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:07 PM

Haga's problem is simple, demands too much money for too little sucess. His wage demands from 3 years ago were higher than what Checa or Biaggi receive now.

rob - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 9:24 PM

Amazing that a guy with the potential to win the championship, given the right package, and the most entertaining rider ever to swing a leg over a superbike still hasn't got a ride for 2012 !!! SBK won't be worth watching :(

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