Ducati Xerox team manager Davide Tardozzi has pronounced himself 'satisfied' with Noriyuki Haga's debut aboard the 1098, despite a bruising first day at Kyalami.
Haga makes his long awaited debut for the title winning team as the replacement for Troy Bayliss in South Africa this week, but his opening day on the bike was fraught with mistakes.
Crashing within a few minutes of going out on track, Haga would come off the bike on two more occasions over the day, although he did recover in time to come away with the fourth best lap.
He improved to third on day two after a less eventful session, leaving Tardozzi pleased that he is proving competitive straight away aboard an unfamiliar bike.
“We are satisfied with the progress Nori is making, after a difficult day like yesterday. I have been very impressed with Nori's attitude and results so far this week. Today we tried many different settings and in the last hour we found a route that we will follow tomorrow and in the next tests.
“Third place today is a valuable result, changing manufacturer and being immediately competitive makes things easier, his winning mentality works well with our mental attitude.”