Ducati Xerox's Noriyuki Haga
and Michel Fabrizio
head to the latest round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship desperate to taste the winner's champagne again at Brno.
The Italian manufacturer looks on course to lose its WSBK crown this season as it struggles to match the pace of Aprilia and Suzuki, but with five events to go Haga and Fabrizio are not willing to give up.
Having not won around the Czech circuit since 2005, Haga is keen to end that run with success in 2010.
“I like the Brno track and don't really know why I haven't done better. I have won a race there but that feels like a few years back now!
“Last year was especially hard work after the accident at Donington, I needed lots of painkillers in order to get through race day and all in all the results were not so bad; of course we want to do a lot better than that this year though.”
Fabrizio, meanwhile, has a strong record at Brno, reaching the podium in four of the six Superbike events he has participated in.
“Traditionally I've done well at Brno in recent years but, although I've had a lot of podium success, I haven't ever won a Superbike race there,” he said.
“I was happy to be back on the podium at Misano just recently but I really had to fight tooth and nail to get there; the competition won't be any easier to beat at Brno, but I'm feeling confident that I can do well.”