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Haga back on track after title loss.

"I tried a harder rear suspension setting and had a really good feeling with that" Noriyuki Haga.
Noriyuki Haga finally got close to a comfortable set-up for the Portimao circuit - two days after losing the 2009 World Superbike Championship.

The Ducati Xerox star suffered grip and set-up problems throughout the Portimao race weekend, which contributed to a disastrous race one crash that all but handed Ben Spies the crown.

The Japanese set a best race lap of 1min 43.786sec on Sunday, but some set-up changes allowed him to drop his lap time to a 1min 43.0sec during Tuesday's opening day of post-season testing.

“Today I've tried a harder rear suspension setting and I had a really good feeling with that, then we modified the front setting too but I'm not 100% happy with that yet so we'll continue to work on it tomorrow,” revealed Haga, who ultimately lost out to Spies by just six points.

“[On Wednesday] we'll also try the new [Ohlins] front fork and see how we go. For now I'm fairly happy; times have improved from those recorded over the weekend and I'm confident we can make further improvement tomorrow.”

Team-mate Michel Fabrizio had been faster than Haga throughout the race weekend, and the Italian continued that form on Tuesday with a 1min 42.3sec lap placing him second on the timesheets, behind only Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea (1min 42.156sec).

“We're all very tired after the weekend but it's been a positive day,” said third in the championship Fabrizio. “There are several new things to try, and me and Nori are dividing the work up; there's quite a lot to do.

“Today I tried the new fork with the new clutch and both seem a lot better, we've seen big improvement. For the tyres, we've continued with the only one that worked for us over the weekend. I'm very satisfied, tired but happy,” he added.



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cyclopathic - Unregistered

October 28, 2009 1:10 PM

we all wish you did it a couple days earlier Nori.. good luck next year! Hopefully Nitro has learned how to set bike quick, all the times he has lost massive points this year (Miller, DP, Portimao) he had wows with set up and end up overriding.

cyclopathic - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 4:12 AM

@aeolus re: If Nori can't set up a bike at this stage of his career, after umpteen races, he never will. Nori is not the one who wrenches on his bike? if he doesnt have team who understands him 100% he will not have a bike to race. bet Spies would not see a title without House



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