Haga forges way up timesheets.

Noriyuki Haga is satisfied that he is beginning to make progress on the Ducati Xerox 1098R after lifting himself up to third position following day two of testing at Portimao.

Although he wasn't the quickest Ducati on track, with that honour belonging to Sterilgarda's Shane Byrne, Haga was at least faster than team-mate Michel Fabrizio for the first time since making his debut with the team.

Establishing a good set-up on the bike, Haga admits he needs a bit more time to get fully comfortable, but is content that things are heading in the right direction.

“Today we found a good setting but I need more track time using that setting. I am also still learning with regard to the feeling of the bike but I feel that I'm making good progress. The last few tyres we tried felt good but with us still testing different suspension settings, it means we haven't yet found the perfect balance I don't think. We will see what further progress we can make tomorrow.”

Fabrizio, meanwhile, was frustrated to have gone backwards having shadowed Byrne during the first day around the Algarve circuit. Nonetheless, having fallen to eighth, he is targeting a return to prominence on the final day of running.

“Today we lost the way a little bit, I'm not sure why but I didn't feel 100% comfortable. I'm sure that we can sort it out tomorrow and we'll continue to test the new tyres, hopefully with much better results. I would like to be able to finish this three-test in the same way we finished at Kyalami.”

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