Haga vows to give '200 per cent'

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.

Tagged as: Ducati , Xerox , Haga , superbikes , Imola , Ben Spies

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September 26, 2009 7:09 PM

This race is setting-up to be a thriller. Haga does have to put his head down but if it's not going as well as he expects then he needs to back off and not crash. Anything can happen with 6 races to go. There's no need to blow it in turn one trying to get the hole shot. The goal is to collect pts. Winning is very nice and important but finishing is also very important. I hope it's clean race for all the front runners and we aren't in a position to discuss any T-boning come Sunday evening.


September 26, 2009 7:47 PM

I hope you're right, Steve. But it will be something to see this many fast riders coming into the first few turns without some mishap. Let's hope the top riders can steer clear and this race lives up to all our expectations.

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