Haga blames spray for disqualification.

Disqualified Noriyuki Haga blamed the excessive spray for not heeding the calls to come into the pit-lane for his drive-thru penalty on a weekend to forget for the Yamaha rider.

With the rumours of his Ducati move garnering many headlines at Donington Park this weekend, Haga's racing was otherwise a disappointment as he failed to finish the first race before being black-flagged in the second.

His disqualification in the second race came as a consequence of his mechanical problems in the first when his Yamaha began spilling oil around the circuit. Given the black and orange flag, Haga failed to stop immediately and when three riders fell on his slick, the race was halted and he was given a drive-thru in the second race as a punishment.

However, with the dismal visibility ensuring that Haga could not see his pit-board, he decided to spontaneously take his drive-thru penalty on the second lap. This was mistimed though and when he did eventually get the call to come in, Haga did not return to take his penalty and was subsequently removed from the race.

"In race two I knew I had to come in for a ride through penalty but there was so much spray in the early laps I could not see if there was a board out for me,” he said. “So I came in to do my ride through on my own. I restarted out of pitlane and then I saw a black flag for me.

“I could not understand it as I had already done my ride through. But not when they wanted me to, apparently. So I had to pull in. Not a good day for me but thanks to all in the team for all the hard work, and for the support from the fans"

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Nori fan - Unregistered

September 08, 2008 1:06 PM

I''m one of your biggest fans Nori but you can''t come up with a ''lame-duck'' excuse like that!!! You''re a professional and you knew that you had a ''ride through'' penalty to come. You also know that the only way of communication from your team is via your pit-board. Its your responsibilty to ensure youto check its information. Bad weekend, dude!!

Anorak - Unregistered

September 08, 2008 10:47 PM

I am certtain that the rules do not allow a penalty for a race one violation to be served during race two - race control just made that up on the hoof. The correct penalty for his race one violation is a fine. Hagas behaviour in race one was disgraceful and inexcusable and very nearly caused serious injury to his own team mate and other riders. I wouldn't be surprised if Corser and a few others feel like decking him!

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