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Haga adds to chorus of tyre woes

Despite making good progress from his grid position, Haga suggests he is unable to get the best from the Pirelli tyres.
Noriyuki Haga has added his name to the growing list of riders who unable to get the revised Pirelli tyres to work at Brno, even if he was satisfied with his eventual fifth and sixth place results.

Both Leon Haslam and Cal Crutchlow have bemoaned an inability to get the rubber to work in recent races, with Haga contributing his opinion by saying they don't give him enough 'feeling'.

Even so, the Japanese was content with his run to the top six in both races having been forced to start down in 15th position courtesy of two Superpole accidents.

“I made a strong start in Race 1 but it was difficult to catch Xaus. My tyres were not bad during the first half of the race but nevertheless I couldn't push as I wanted to and Xaus remained there in front of me. In the second race we changed the tyre but maybe it doesn't suit my riding style because I didn't feel so stable and it didn't give me enough feeling.

“Having said that, I was able to make up several positions and fifth, even though I hoped to do much better, wasn't bad considering my grid position.”

Team-mate Michel Fabrizio, meanwhile, continued his march back up the World Superbike standings as he shrugged off a retirement in race one to maintain his run of podiums at Brno in race two..

“In Race 1 I realised straight away that I had a problem because I wasn't able to push and then the bike started to vibrate a great deal. At a certain point I wasn't able to put the bike into gear and so had to come back to the box.

“It's a shame because I was gaining on Toseland and thought I could run a good race, maybe even reaching the podium. Race 2 went much better. I defended myself and am satisfied with the result, though I was sorry for Xaus of course.”


Tagged as: Haga , superbikes , Brno

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