Haga shrugs off qualifying, focused on race

Noriyuki Haga insists he has a 'great package' for the two World Superbike Championship races at Monza, despite missing out on the front row in Superpole.

The championship leader was demoted to fifth position in the latter stages of the shootout by a quick Max Neukirchner lap, placing him directly behind key rival and pole sitter Ben Spies on the grid for the two races.

However, Haga is unfazed by finishing qualification almost a second adrift of Spies, instead choosing to laud his Ducati Xerox race package as he seeks to extend his 60 point advantage in the overall standings.

“We have a great package and tomorrow, even if it's going to be tough with five or six strong contenders, I intend to concentrate on taking the win.

“Today's Superpole? Well I'm not so worried about not being on the front row to be honest. There are tracks, like Valencia, where it's more important to start up front but Monza isn't one of those tracks and the person who starts from first can easily be down in fifth by the end of the first lap. I'm feeling confident ahead of tomorrow's races.”

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