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Haga targeting Valencia victory.

World Superbike championship leader Noriyuki Haga insists he isn't rattled by Ben Spies' massive Superpole advantage and remains confident of fighting for a double victory at Valencia on Sunday.

Haga won the first race of the 2009 season at Phillip Island, but rookie Spies has triumphed in the three races since - and is now just 10 points behind the Ducati Xerox rider heading into Sunday's third round.

Ahead of that encounter, Spies took a perfect third Superpole in a row by a massive 0.685secs from nearest rival Regis Laconi (DFX Ducati) on Saturday, with Haga 0.812sec behind the Texan for third on the grid.

“I'm very happy to be on the front row,” said Haga. “At the beginning of the weekend I found a good setting for the race and I've already decided on the tyre for the race. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

“It doesn't matter about qualifying,” he repeated. “My priority is the races, to win twice on Sunday. We have a good package so I hope we can do that.”

Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio will complete the front row in fourth.

“I'm happy with today's result," said the Italian. "After the first two rounds in which I didn't do as well as I hope, I'm happy that we've got back on the right road here. I feel as comfortable as I did in winter testing during which I was going really well. We've got the race pace and tomorrow I hope we can be up front and fighting to get ahead of Yamaha.”


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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 04, 2009 8:14 PM

I would like to see him move up to MotoGP as soon as possible - best to go young because setup is so much more complex in the top class. Any extra seasons spent on Superbike will be wasted imo because he wont be learning anything new. Re how easy Ben is finding it in WSB - I get the impression that a lot of the posters on this site don't have access to the TV pictures because they aren't noticing / taking account of some of the factors which are reducing the competition to a runoff between Haga and Spies. The TK Hondas have been suffering chronic chatter, the Suzukis have had rear grip problems, Sykes is a novice compared with Spies and Fabrizio is not worthy of that ride.

Yawwwnnnn.... - Unregistered

April 05, 2009 6:46 AM

Why?????? Why does "every" WSBK post on crash "always" end-up being about Spies? Sure he's he's had a impressive start to the season, but what comes around goes around! It only takes a DNF or two, or a wet race wekend to change the championship. It's far easier to follow than to lead all the time, maybe Nori is doing just that? Watching/Waiting......



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