Noriyuki Haga has vowed to give 200 per cent during the two World Superbike races at Imola after qualifying a threatening fourth during Superpole.
Although behind key rival Ben Spies, as well as pole sitting team-mate Michel Fabrizio and Jonathan Rea, Haga put in a good performance during Superpole as he slashed his best lap times to challenge right at the front for the first time this weekend.
Admitting to still be suffering from having not tested at Imola earlier in the year, Haga was otherwise happy to be just a tenth off Spies' pace before adding that that the Ducati Xerox has more speed to come.
“We've gone well today and there are just a couple of small problems, suspension-wise, but we know the direction to take so it should all be fixed before the races. I just feel that I missed out by not participating in the tests but, anyway, a place on the front row is very positive and I feel I did a good job today.
Still feeling the effects of his shoulder injury, Haga says he will have the Clinica Mobile take a look and make sure that he is fully fit to challenge for victory come race day.
“I'm going to get my shoulder looked at this evening so that I'm in a position to give 200 per cent tomorrow.”
Haga is currently 18 points behind Spies in the World Superbike standings with three rounds and six races remaining.