Haga laments difficult weekend at Miller

A struggle to get comfortable on the bike was Noriyuki Haga's reason for a disappointing weekend in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park.

The championship leader, who was also reeling from a massive accident during qualifying, could only manage an eighth and ninth place finish in the two races, with double winner Ben Spies taking a sizeable 35 point chunk out of the title advantage.

Haga made good starts in both races to be challenging for a podium position, but would be swamped in what proved to be a closely fought tussle for the top places.

Struggling to maintain a good pace throughout the races, Haga faded on both occasions to come away with his lowest points haul of the season thus far.

"I did not have a very good feeling with my bike in race one. It was very hot out there and I can't say I was having an easy time. We changed the setting a little for the second race but I still wasn't able to fight for the podium despite the fact that it was only a few seconds out of grasp.

“Unfortunately many riders were just stronger then me today. I am not 100 per cent of course after my crash yesterday and I didn't expect to win here today but I am happy to have taken points all the same, important points for the championship.

"I'll get back in shape before Misano where I want to be back fighting for the win.”

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Cubikrube - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 11:12 AM

Nori was totally out of sorts here.I don't think it helped that this was where he broke his collarbone last year and then to have a big off and hurt himself again probably took a lot of his confidence away.This is The Ben's track and it's seems it's now Nori's bogey track.Let's not forget though that last year he went on to do the double at the next round just 10 days after having his collarbone pinned back together by Dr Ting.It's a good thing Nori has been so consistent that he can afford to have a terrible weekend and yet still have a commanding lead in the championship. He cannot afford many more though.Keep it up Nori,your fans are behind you all the way,thru good times and bad. Go #41!

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 1:26 PM

Never gonna make it in politics going 'round being all honest like that. Mind you, that's one of the reasons he's rated as such a great bloke :p Aeolus, if you don't think heat makes a difference do you really understand what's happening? Why do you suppose the attrition rate was so high in race 2? (No, I know it wasn't the only factor - but it contributed). Plus what he's not gone large on is that his back must have been as painful as hell after that off then having to ride that circuit - there's hardly any respite from loading up one side of your body. Disappointing for the lad but respectable results all things considered. & He's doing what he needs to - clocking up points.

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