The Xerox Ducati team will hope for a repeat of the stunning results gained last season when the World Superbike Championship heads for Kyalami this weekend for the fifth round of the season.
Noriyuki Haga and team-mate Michel Fabrizio were in dominant form at the South African circuit last season, with Haga leading Fabrizio to the chequered flag in both races.
This time around, Haga heads to Kyalami sitting sixth in the championship but is just ten points behind third-placed pair Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea with podium finishes being the target this time around.
The Japanese ace added that he was hopeful that changes will have been made to the circuit following the accident that left Regis Laconi seriously injured.
Laconi was placed into an induced coma following his accident during free practice last season - suffering two fractured vertebrae and being kept in hospital for almost a month.
“I'm happy to go back to South Africa, a track where I did well last year,” Haga said. “We'll see if any more security measures have been put into place after Regis's terrible accident last year; I hope so as I really like the track but it was pretty dangerous there last time. I'd like to think we'll be in a position to fight for the podium once more.”
Fabrizio competed at Kyalami for the first time last year and posted a new lap record in the process and he said he was confident of another strong weekend.
"As long as we don't have any travel problems in getting there, the public should look forward to some great racing,” he said. “The next two rounds, Kyalami and Salt Lake, went very well for me last season and so I'm confident I can be competitive there again. It will be good to ride at a track where we're not as disadvantaged as we were at Monza this last weekend.”