WSBK »

Haga struggles for grip

During the first three rounds of the 2010 season, up to an including his race two victory at Valencia, Noriyuki Haga scored an average of 13.2 points per race.

But in the three events since, including Sunday's Kyalami round, the 2009 title runner-up has managed a mere 4.5 points per race.

That was partially explainable when Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio - and other 1198 riders - were similarly struggling, but the Italian led a Ducati one-two in race one at Kyalami, while Haga limped home in 17th.

“After about ten laps the performance of the rear tyre dropped dramatically. There wasn't much I could do to improve,” said Haga. “I'm disappointed of course because with no grip you don't really get anywhere.”

Race two at least brought Haga a few points, for tenth place, as the Japanese experienced a slight improvement in rear grip, but he was still almost 17 seconds from victory after the 24 laps.

“In the second race, having made some small changes to my bike but deciding to go with the same tyre, I had a better overall feeling and, from more or less mid-race, unlike race one, I was able to push increasingly hard,” he said.

“The problem was that those ahead of me had already built a significant lead; I needed a few more laps to be able to catch some of them.”

Haga remains sixth in the championship, but is now 106 points from the title lead and under threat from BMW's Troy Corser (one point behind) and Fabrizio (eleven points behind).



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Haga, Kyalami WSBK 2010
Ducati garage, Jerez WSBK 2014
Kagayama, Aegerter, Haga, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
HAga, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Ducati engine. WSBK Misano 2014
Ducati garage, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati, Donington WSBK 2014
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Niccolo Canepa - Althea Ducati [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Davide Giugliano - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Ducati Super Bike Teami, Donington WSBK 2014
Davide Giugliano - Ducati WSBK [pic credit: Gavan Caldwell]
Davide Giugliano - Ducati WSBK [pic credit: Gavan Caldwell]
Fabrizio, Imola WSBK Race2 2014
Ducati classic, Imola WSBK 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


guest123456 - Unregistered

May 19, 2010 7:18 AM

Haga ... No matter if you win or run mid pack. You have a huge fans that will never let you down and will be there shouting your name and waving your "41" flag with pride. You are the one of the greatest riders out there. I just hope you get back what you lost. But your fans are there for you in full support :)

focus - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 2:08 PM

don't speak about things you do not know guys. Bayliss? Spies? Yeah as you said: rumors! Haga has personnal issues...Private Life...Leave him alone. He doesn't care about racing for the moment, that's all!



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.