Noriyuki Haga admits he is feeling the effects of his injured wrist after a trying first day of World Superbike competition at Brno left him down in 15th position provisionally.
Haga is riding a bike for the first time since fracturing his scapula in a violent accident at Donington Park, but while wasn't a top ten contender at any point in the day, he will be encouraged to be just half a second slower than arch rival Ben Spies.
Even so, Haga confesses he has been struggling with the pain, although he adds he adds he hasn't resorted to using painkillers just yet.
“I have been gritting my teeth today to be honest," the Ducati Xerox rider said. "It's the first time I've fractured my scapula and I hope to never do it again. It's very painful, mainly when braking and so I'm losing time through every corner as it's hard work changing direction.
“Having said that, this is without any painkillers so maybe I'll think about taking some for the races. There are no real problems with the bike, just with the rider. Tomorrow we'll see what we can do to modify the bike in order to facilitate braking.”