Haga caught out by bird impact

Noriyuki Haga has revealed a collision with a bird was the reason why he dropped back at the start of the second World Superbike Championship race at Monza, while it also contributed to his eventual retirement.

Haga was looking to further extend his advantage in the standings over Ben Spies after finishing second in the opening race, but after taking the lead down to the first corner, a bird hit the Japanese rider's arm, causing him drop back to 15th by the end of the opening lap.

However, with the impact causing a loss of sensation in Haga's arm, he was struggling to get back up to speed before eventually crashing heavily at the Parabolica on lap three.

An unusual end to what was set to be another successful weekend for the runaway championship leader, Haga remains content with his 54 point buffer to Spies.

“Right at the start of Race two I was hit by a bird on my right arm; it hurt a lot and I lost all sensation, with strong pain and pins and needles in my right arm and hand. I tried to continue to race but it was too difficult to ride and as a result I unfortunately fell. Yes it hurts but I should be back in top shape very soon.

“Race one went much better for me of course and I really enjoyed the racing against Ben and Michel. I though at the end that I would surely end third but then Ben's bike stopped so close to the finish line and I finished in second as a result. I'm sorry for him as he deserved the win and this year me and him will continue to battle it out.

“Despite the Race 2 result I still hold a 54 point advantage and so I'm satisfied with that.”

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May 12, 2009 9:56 AM

Right. Shall we just all agree that Crowkiller is right and knows all that's worth knowing about bird strikes? If so, then perhaps he and his detractors will stop posting, and we can all go back to talking about the racing. If that's not acceptable, then, well, do please carry on.

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May 11, 2009 12:20 AM

In all fairness Crowkiller, I've noticed you're not the most impartial or shall I say unbiased poster here. If the tables were turned & Ben would've been the one hit with the bird & crashed out a couple laps later, due to loss in feeling in his arm..I'm quite sure you wouldn't be saying it's just a "bruise" and it was a weak excuse to crash out. Btw, didn't Corser have to end his testing at PI early due to that incident with the Plover? He laughed it off but he was forced to call it quits due to the severity of the injury. Of course not all bird collisions are equal. I don't recall at what speed Troy made impact with the bird but perhaps Haga's impact was much harder.

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