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Readers vote Haga favourite for 2010 title

You predict Noriyuki Haga will win the 2010 World Superbike Championship at the 11th time of asking; Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi follow the Ducati rider.
The people have spoken and they have said that Noriyuki Haga will win the World Superbike Championship in 2010 for the very first time.

One of the most experienced and successful Superbike racers of all-time, Haga has finished runner-up on three occasions, while he has not been classified outside the top four in each of the last eight seasons.

However, you think the time has finally come for the 'Samurai of Slide's' to break his hoodoo and claim that long awaited title, with 31 per cent predicting he will assume Ben Spies' crown this year.

Almost 2,700 votes were cast in just two days, but two clear front runners emerged from the start, with Haga and Jonathan Rea pulling away from an accomplished list of rider options.

In fact, Rea led Haga in the early stages before the Ducati rider pulled ahead – Rea would eventually log 24 per cent of the votes.

Aprilia's Max Biaggi emerged a lonely third with 12 per cent, ahead of countryman Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam, ensuring you predict the five highest-placed returning riders will dispute the same spots in 2010.

Returning former champion James Toseland is your sixth favourite for the title, while his Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow emerged as the top rookie. Shane Byrne followed with three per cent, ahead of Leon Camier, Carlos Checa and Max Neukirchner.

You predicted correctly with Spies twelve months ago – have you made it two-in-a-row? We'll find out in just over eight months time!

Who will win the 2010 World Superbike Championship?

1st – Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) 31%
2nd - Jonathan Rea (Ten Kate Honda) 24%
3rd - Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) 12%
4th - Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 9%
5th - Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) 7%
6th - James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) 6%
7th - Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) 4%
8th - Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) 3%
9th - Other 1%
10th - Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) 1%
11th - Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) 1%
12th - Max Neukirchner (Ten Kate Honda) 1%

Total number of votes cast: 2686


Tagged as: Ducati , vote , Haga , superbikes , title , Max Biaggi

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RawDawg

February 25, 2010 8:55 PM

Mistakes? It wasn't Haga's fault some dumb Italian bird smash itself against him at Monza causing Haga to fall off and get hurt. It affected him the rest of the season. He was also a bit unfortunate to run into the Spies buzz saw last year. But make no mistake him and Spies where the cream of the crop. He won eight races last year - more than Rea and Fab and Max N and Leon in their whole careers. He isn't going anywhere. I'm sure he's got the Ducati sorted by now and will be on a mission.

zostje - Unregistered

February 25, 2010 2:02 PM

The problem with Biaggi and Rea is not their speed.It's they're not consistant enough. Max always had ups and downs, Johnny sometimes leaves his brains in his trailer...And the Yammies are a suffering clearly. (Spies-syndrom already?) So yes, it's time for Nori !!



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