Haga, Corser transformed by tyre change.

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.

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Haga, British WSBK Race 2 2008
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Haslam and Corser, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser and Barbier, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
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Alex Lowes and Corser, Race two, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser, Magny Cours WSBK 2014
Corser, Magny Cours WSBK 2014
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WhoCares - Unregistered

August 04, 2008 5:10 PM

It's all about gambling Steve: Corser tried an extreme solution in race 1, just in case it would provide him an advantage. It did not work, period. Now what you can't denyis how hugely a motorbike progresses when Corser is on board. Remember the Aprilia, a backmarker with Peter Goddard, turned into a race winner and a championship contender by Corser. Remember the Petronas, what fantastic results Corser obtained from this bike, through a fantastic work on chassis, look the Suzuki in 2005, almost nowhere in 2003-2004, and all of a sudden invincible after Corser's winter work, look the Yamaha, only average until Corser arrived, and manufacturers champ afterwards... ctnd

Ian - Unregistered

August 04, 2008 10:05 PM

I do think Corser is a great development rider but I don't believe for a moment he has another world title in his armoury. He rides brilliiantly at times but it is rare that he can sustain it. My diagnosis is the same as for all riders eventually: he's getting too old for this stuff.

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