Noriyuki Haga made a welcome return to the World Superbike podium at Miller Motorsports Park after a performance that goes a long way to reviving his fortunes.
Having seen his form dip markedly since winning at Valencia in April, Haga arrived in the United States eager to not only turn his season around but also put two previous bad outings in Utah behind him.
Achieving his first objective of qualifying on the front two rows, Haga held his form at the start of both races before steadily rising through the order.
While he was among many to capitalise on the misfortune of others, Haga nonetheless displayed plenty of overtaking prowess as he completed a pair of strong finishes in third and fourth position.
“I'm really happy to be back on the podium today, but it wasn't easy," the Ducati Xerox rider said "At the start of race one I was having trouble pushing but after a few laps the tyres picked up a bit and I was finally able to get past Camier in the final stages. It's a great result and the first time I've been on the Miller podium.
“In race two I had a similar feeling with my bike but the race was more difficult. I started badly and had to push so hard to make up the lost ground. In the last two years my weekends at Miller have been conditioned by crashes but this year I had a good feeling right from the first exit I made on Friday and this gave me confidence that a podium was possible.
The result lifts Haga up to fifth in the standings, just 16 points behind third place man Jonathan Rea.
“I'm satisfied and now we move on to Misano, a circuit where there is no long straight and where the Ducati could be very fast.”