Nonetheless, Haga was gracious in defeat, praising MotoGP-bound Spies, as well as his team for giving him a bike capable of challenging for the title.
“I thank my whole technical team, Ducati, the sponsors and the Clinica Mobile who have taken good care of me throughout the season.
“My compliments go to Ben who has been such a strong rival this year and even though he is going to MotoGP next year, I am sure we will remain friends. This week we'll start testing in preparation for next year. This year was a new adventure with Ducati and we'll continue to give 100% in 2010."