Noriyuki Haga was refusing to dwell on any suggestion that his run to sixth and eighth at Brno was against the odds, the World Superbike Championship leader admitting his frustrated at being unable to ride to his full potential.

Haga put in two remarkable performances from 14th position on the grid, the Ducati Xerox rider defying a painful shoulder and wrist to not only ride into the top ten on both occasions, but battle it out with rivals too.

Scoring a sixth and eighth place finish, the results ensure that he remains seven points ahead of Ben Spies in the standings.

However, while he admits it was a good result in the circumstances, he wasn't happy to see his advantage whittled down whilst he did his utmost to stay competitive.

"I am not very happy but we have worked well this weekend despite the difficulties. The fractured scapula prevented me from performing as I hoped to. Having said that, I gained valuable points and find myself still in the lead, seven points ahead of Ben.

"I want to thank Doctor Corbascio and the Clinica Mobile doctors and also Rok, my trainer, for their help and support in these weeks. I also thank my team and Ducati for doing all they could to make me more comfortable on the bike and make the bike easier to ride. In the circumstances it's a good result.

Haga now has more than a month to get back to full fitness before the season resumes at the Nurburgring, the scene of a double win last season for Yamaha.

"Now I can go home to Japan with a smile on my face and there I will get down to some serious training to be in top form in time for Nurburgring, a track that I like a lot and where I hope I can rebuild my advantage."


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