Fabrizio impressive as Haga struggles

Michel Fabrizio impresses on the Ducati Xerox to qualify third, but Noriyuki Haga can only manage 15th.
Ducati Xerox head into the two World Superbike races at Silverstone with one eye on the front row and the other on the mid-field after a day of differing fortunes for riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga.

Having spent the first day getting acquainted with the revised circuit, Fabrizio forged towards the front during Superpole, qualifying comfortably for the shootout before placing third on the grid.

Professing to 'love' the new circuit, Fabrizio – who is benefitting from a reduced base weight on his 1198 - is confident he will be a factor come race day too.

“I'm really happy with today's result and I dedicate it to my team who have been working so hard this weekend. I love this new track and after the second session yesterday I felt confident that I'd be able to qualify on the front row.

“Superpole went very well; I chose to use a race tyre in the last phase because the first qualifier I'd used earlier hadn't given me a great feeling, and my choice proved to be a good one. We have a good race pace I think, though Cal is faster, and I must say I'm feeling quite confident ahead of tomorrow's races.”

It was a tougher day for Haga, who will start 15th after suffering from the 'turn in' issues that have dogged him since the beginning of the weekend.

“Unfortunately I continued to have some problems today and the difficulty I was having in turning the bike as I want haven't yet been resolved. I hoped that with the qualifier we could have done better but that wasn't the case today and I'm back on the fourth row.

“There are many strong riders here, including the Brits, and the races are going to be really tough. We'll see what we are able to achieve.”

Tagged as: Silverstone , Ducati , Xerox , Haga , superbikes

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July 31, 2010 10:17 PM

I've backed Nori all the way, defending him to all that will listen to me moan on. But having watched him, he just doesn't look commited or comfortable going into the corners, and coming out he doesn't look like he's got the pace to run at the front. Michel has out classed him hands down this weekend, the fact that both Althea bikes and the DFX Corse bike of Lanzi has out paced him, is bad news. I'm sorry Nori, i'm a hugh fan, but it's time to move on. Give his ride to a fired up motivated rider, Johnny Rea, Eugene Laverty, Colin Edwards, even James Toseland (who's got things to prove), for godsake anyone, even me. Just someone that will get the best out of the bike. Come back Bayliss...!!

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