Haga: I'm going for the win

After almost a decade of getting close, Noriyuki Haga has a perfect chance to clinch a World Superbike Championship title.
Noriyuki Haga is refusing to change his strategy ahead of the World Superbike Championship decider in Portugal as he bids to win the title that is currently missing from his illustrious portfolio.

Haga's reputation in World Superbikes is barely matched, the Japanese rider scoring 41 wins in 258 races to sit third on the all-time list.

Crucially though, unlike the riders surrounding him on that list, such as Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser, Haga is yet to win a world title, despite finishing inside the top five overall for seven consecutive years.

However, Haga's high-profile switch to reigning champions Ducati Xerox in 2009 has invigorated his challenge, helping him to eight wins this season, his highest amount over a single year.

Enabling him to open up a ten point advantage over Ben Spies heading to the Portimao showdown, Noriyuki Haga insists he will not race for just points, maintaining that he will go all out for victory.

“Last year at Portimao didn't go to plan; I had some bad luck. This year I am in a better position and now everything comes down to this last event. My strategy won't be any different from normal; I always go out with the aim to win and I always give 100 per cent.

“I've finished second or third in the last five editions of the Superbike championship and so all I am missing is the title win, a title I hope to be able to bring home to Ducati and to Japan this weekend.”

Haga endured a torrid time at Portimao last season, retiring in the first race before finishing 14th in the second following a penalty for jumping the start.

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edward kemper

October 20, 2009 12:03 PM

NoriSan was robbed of the championship in 2000! i am from texas and i am a fan of Edwards but being banned from a championship round because of testing positive for Ephedrine which was in the MaHuang supplement he took in the off season was just plain bull5hit! so... i look forward to a great race this weekend and i hope we get to see the championship decided on the track! not by the stewards or the mechanics!!!

Cubikrube - Unregistered

October 20, 2009 12:20 PM

Stitch you are talking out of your **** mate. Most commentators at the time said it was an extremely harsh decision and that included a lot of the riders at the time. In fact i've never heard anyone of any note saying it was a fair and just decision. In any case, this weekend will decide things one way or the other. Got everything crossed Go #41!

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