Having scored a double victory last time out at Vallelunga, and a double victory at Magny-Cours last season, Noriyuki Haga has high hopes for another perfect result at this weekend's penultimate round of the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
The Yamaha Italia star has won six races so far this season, a tally exceeded only by runaway title leader Troy Bayliss, but Haga sits just third in the standings due to accidents and injuries. Haga needs to gain ten points on Corser to head for the final round second in the series.
"Magny-Cours is always good for me," declared Haga, set to replace the retiring Bayliss at Ducati next season. "Last year we won both races so of course we would like to do the same this year too. Anyway, scoring a double at Vallelunga was fantastic so we will keep it the same for the rest of the races. We never give up!"
Between Bayliss and Haga in the championship is Haga's team-mate Troy Corser who now has just four remaining chances to take his first win in Yamaha colours, before joining BMW for 2009.
"We have been going very well in the last few rounds and at Magny-Cours the bike should be as good as it's ever been again," said the Australian. "I've pretty much always had strong results there and the bike seems to work there pretty well too. I think we have had the bike and the settings worked out since Monza and I have felt strong on the bike every weekend. We go to Magny-Cours with good results in the last few races and that helps us going into another weekend. It keeps us moving forwards. We're out to win because that's always what we aim to do."
"We won't see any new technology at Magny-Cours and the reason is simple. We won both races in Vallelunga, so the bike is clearly very good right now," stated team manager Massimo Meregalli. "We can win two races again this weekend.
"The set-up for the bikes should not be a problem because Magny-Cours is always good for us. The surface is very flat, has good grip and we have seldom had any problems there. I think we can record two top results. Overall, podiums are not enough now, we need wins," he underlined.