Noriyuki Haga insists he will race on at Brno despite confessing the pain from his shoulder injury is getting worse as the weekend progresses.
Having struggled for pace during free practice, Haga failed to improve on his provisional qualifying time in the morning, but had done just enough to ensure that he would progress to Superpole.
Given an injection to help ease the pain in his shoulder, Haga breezed through the first qualification phase but couldn't manage anything better than 14th in the closely contested Q2 session.
Indeed, having described the pain today as 'worse' than before, Haga is aware the two races are likely to take their toll on him.
“It's not been easy, the pain is worse than yesterday. We made some changes overnight to the bike but to be honest they didn't make much difference and the pain is constant, worse when braking. Before the free practice Doctor Corbascio gave me an injection to kill some of the pain in my shoulder but it was still hurting me during the Superpole.
“I pushed as hard as I could in the first two sessions but it wasn't hard enough and I finished 14th. I'll go back to the Clinica tomorrow morning to see what we can do before the races but I know that tomorrow will be tough.”