Noriyuki Haga says he is keen to build on his first win of the season in Valencia as the World Superbike Championship heads to Assen for the fourth round of the year.
Haga beat Carlos Checa
to the line by just 0.025secs in the second race of the weekend in Spain to leave himself fourth in the championship standings.
Having enjoyed a fine weekend in the Netherlands last season – with a second place and race victory – Haga will now seek to close the gap to championship leader Leon Haslam still further and admitted he needs another strong showing on Dutch soil.
"I was very happy to win at Valencia, my first win of the season and I will do my best to back it up with two great races at Assen,” the Xerox Ducati rider said. “Last year went well for us here, actually better than ever before at this track, and at this point I am very aware that I need two similar results this season in order to close the gap.
“Every weekend is a battle with so many strong riders but I'm confident we can do a good job.”
Team-mate Michel Fabrizio
has endured a more troublesome start to the season, but heads to Assen on the back of a test at Mugello to try and resolve some of the braking issues he suffered in Spain.
"Testing last week at Mugello was really useful and I'm feeling a lot more positive now that we seem to have found a solution to the brake problem,” he said. “I'm confident that I can make a fresh start at Assen and be really competitive once more. I haven't had much luck at this circuit so I'll be doing my best to turn that around this time.”