Ducati targets strong Kyalami repeat

Nori Haga and Michel Fabrizio target another strong weekend for Ducati on South African soil
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.”

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May 12, 2010 2:07 PM

Hey Dray! You seem to always start your posts out intelligibly but u always throw something in there to make me question your intelligence! I am American, but what's up with the 7 dwarves comment..I thought a rider was a rider, British or otherwise, are we talking about racing or racism of some kind? When I looked at the prospects before end of season last year, I saw that the British had a strong contingent and if I was a team owner for sure I would have snapped up Haslam and JT or Camier or Crutchlow...I can't even decide because they are all good and HAPPEN to come from Britain. Truth be known, u need to leave that "haterism" on some other forum bro! This is for RACING only!!!!

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