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Haga battles on at Brno

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.”


Tagged as: Ducati , Xerox , Haga , Brno , injury , shoulder

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bugref - Unregistered

July 26, 2009 3:25 AM

crap, I feel sorry for Haga this guys is a warrior. But If things gets worse tomorrow i would appreciate him to just give up the races than compromise his health that could in turn, lead to a long term injury... He has next year though. I definitely believe he can get his world champ next year. But he has to put more effort though, it seems that the aprilia is going to be a force next year.

09R1Rider - Unregistered

July 26, 2009 12:43 AM

I really feel bad for Nori. I wish him well. I'm a Yamaha rider myself but you can't really ignore the effort that this man has put in to be in a position to win the championship.



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