Ducati Xerox will end its tenure in the World Superbike Championship with at least one more win to its name after Noriyuki Haga claimed victory at the Nurburgring.
Going against the recent form book, one that hasn't seen Haga battling up at the front since winning his last race at Valencia in April, the Japanese rider shrugged off a modest grid position to challenge in both encounters.
Although the first race ended early when Haga lost the front end of the Ducati Xerox on lap nine, he struck back in race two by moving to the front and fending off Carlos Checa – who would go on to crash – and Jonathan Rea.
A huge boost for Haga, whose win comes as he is looking for a new berth in 2011 on the back of Ducati's announcement, he is determined to put in a repeat performance on the manufacturer's home track at Imola.
“First of all I want to say how happy I am to be back up here,” he said. After the race one crash I went straight back to the garage in the hope that my technicians could adjust the bike so that I could continue but unfortunately there was too much damage to the mufflers and I had to stop there.
“We made some modifications to the front suspension and the bike behaved a lot better in race two. I maintained a strong pace for the entire race and was able to get the job done! I'm sorry for Carlos because it's always great to battle against him. Now I'd like to repeat this great result at Imola, Ducati's home track.”