Noriyuki Haga and Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate Troy Corser took second and third places respectively in the second Brands Hatch race, both riders having changing their tyre choices after an unhappy opening race.
"We did not get what we expected in the first race but we did a really good second race as a team, with both riders on the podium," said team manager Massimo Meregalli. "We made the wrong tyre choice for both riders on the first one, so in race two one rider went softer and the other one harder. Obviously each choice was a good one!"
Haga was up to second position by lap five of the opening race, but crashed out on lap seven. Corser dropped back from the leading group to go eighth.
However, after the tyre change, Haga mounted a sustained victory battle against countryman Ryuichi Kiyonari for the majority of race two, losing out on victory by 1.8secs at the flag.
"I am happy to take a second place in race two because in the first race my rear tyre choice was not so good, and I was disappointed with that," said Nori. "In the second race I just changed the rear tyre and I had a good feeling with that one. I had a good battle with Kiyo but he was faster than me in some places, then I would catch him up. Congratulations to Kiyo and also my team, because they made a good job to allow me to finish second."
Meanwhile, Corser to a lonely third in race two, eight seconds from victory.
"Race two was better than the first race, we made some changes to the tyre choice and the bike and they worked well," confirmed Corser. "I just could not run the pace of the guys at the front because they just pulled away. I had a bit of a battle with Bayliss and it took a bit of time for me to get past him, but I am content with third. I'm out there trying to win races but podiums will have to do for now."
Corser is third in the championship standings, only ten points behind second place max Neukirchner, while Haga is fifth.