Another tough day for Ducati Xerox pair

Haga and Fabrizio both slip a place in the overall standings after another tough day on home soil at Monza
Noriyuki Haga's hopes of getting embroiled in this year's World Superbike title hunt are continuing to slip away after handling problems prevented him from finishing any higher than sixth at Monza.

The Japanese rider left himself with a lot of work to do after qualifying down in 16th position and before being beaten to tenth in the first race when he was overtaken by Sylvain Guintoli on the final lap.

Nonetheless, a better start in race two enabled Haga to avoid the first turn carnage and run as high as fifth, although grip problems would eventually see him beaten to the line by Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.

“In both races I was having a lot of difficulty turning the bike and didn't have enough grip at the rear. In race one I was having to put it right down on its side to get it to turn as I wanted and this of course meant that I couldn't keep pace with those ahead of me.

“We changed a few things before race two and improved the situation a little. Grip was good in the first five laps or so but from mid-race it was really hard, as the bike was drifting wide and was hard to control. In the end I'm quite satisfied with sixth position, as it was tough here this weekend.”

Ducati Xerox went into the weekend eager to show they had turned a corner following a positive test at Misano, but while Michel Fabrizio qualified third, he could only manage seventh in the first race before falling in the second.

“Race one was going quite well; it's only a shame that we don't have the top speed to be able to stick with the guys on the straight, with more engine power I could have done a lot better. In race two I ran off when those guys crashed at the first chicane of the first lap and I tried to keep riding but I couldn't get the bike into gear, and then I slipped.

“It was tough out there today but at least we take home some valuable points and hope that things go better at Kyalami.”

Tagged as: Ducati , Xerox , Haga , superbikes

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keech998 - Unregistered

May 10, 2010 3:28 PM

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! I feel really sorry for Nori, especially after last year. I'm sure he and Ducati felt this would be the year for him, but the 4 cylinder bikes have really up'd their game. Michelle also looked good, but the duke just has not developed as much as the in-line and v4's. I never felt that the v-twins had an unfair advantage, what with the relative performance differences between them and the 4's, and extra 200cc's is making no difference at all now, and showing how old the twins are. Ducati need to think about developing a V4 superbike, as Aprilia have done. I expect them to win some races this year, but title looks unlikely.


May 10, 2010 7:48 PM

How is a bike whose *privateer* team has one race win to their name for the season, and almost got another by hundredths of a second, not competitive? The trouble with the Xerox Ducati has little to nothing to do with the advancement of the other teams. Heck, Aprilia is still gathering data! BMW is just barely getting the electronics sorted. Even the Kawasaki brought the fight to the Xerox Ducati this past weekend. Are you really going to tell me that the Kawasaki team are just that good this year? The main problem is that the Xerox team lost some key personnel in the off season - their crew chief from the beginning and the techs that he took with him. Now they're struggling.

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