Haga predicts five-way Assen fight.

World Superbike Championship leader Noriyuki Haga admits he's had a rocky history at Assen - taking eight podiums from 14 races, but four DNFs from his last six starts.

Nevertheless, the Japanese is expecting 'another good weekend' as he seeks to continue his best ever start to a WSBK season.

Haga and his new Ducati Xerox 1198 have taken three wins and three second places, to claim a 40-point lead over Yamaha rookie Ben Spies heading into round four in Holland.

"Assen - it's a tricky circuit. I preferred the old layout of the track, like most people, but don't dislike the new version,” commented Haga, whose one and only Assen victory was on his 2000 debut. “My history there has been rocky, up and down to say the least! I'm looking forward to riding this track on the 1198, it should be interesting.

“We know that the Ducati performs there as Troy won both races last year, we had a good fight in race two I recall, and so it should be another good weekend; Checa and Neukirchner went well there last year and they, as well as Spies and I, are likely to be running at the front, so we should see more great racing,” he added.

Team-mate Michel Fabrizio heads to Assen on the back of a double podium at Valencia and eager to erase the double DNF disappointment at Assen one year ago, when he struggled with pain in his forearm.

"I like the track and I have had some relatively successful weekends there,” said the Italian. “Unfortunately last year was not one of those times and I had a disastrous weekend, problems with my arm led to two DNFs, a race day to forget!

“I'm feeling really fit and healthy now so I'm ready to fight with the frontrunners for the podium spots at Assen this season; I need to consolidate, or better, improve on, my current position in the standings as Nori and Spies are already a long way ahead of the rest of the pack,” added Michel, who is currently fourth in the championship standings.

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terry - Unregistered

April 20, 2009 7:22 PM

don't understand why people complain about the new system. It's no more "unfair" than the old superpole where someone has a great race pace but screws up SP. The bottom line is everyone is in the same situation so if a rider/team blows it they have no one to blame but themselves.

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