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Haga confident despite Portimao weather

Noriyuki Haga is feeling positive about his chances on the PATA Aprilia in 2011, despite an interrupted test programme at Portimao.
Noriyuki Haga says he is 'convinced' he is on the right track to challenge for strong results aboard the PATA Aprilia straight away, despite failing to get though a full testing programme at Portimao.

Fresh from the official launch of the PATA Racing team, which has been made up of the amalgamated BRC Racing and DFX Corse outfits, Haga took to track on the RSV-4 to get a better understanding of the bike.

However, having set the 12th quickest time at the end of day one, Haga's plans to continue working on solutions were hampered by rain over the next two days.

Nonetheless, despite admitting there was still plenty to work on, Haga believes he and the team are heading in the right direction to meet their high 2011 targets.

“We planned the work over the three days, but unfortunately we could only go through it partially. We would have liked to try more solutions, but the conditions of the track let us do so just on the first day.

“Although the conditions were bad, this test was useful to find the feeling with the team, too. I'm convinced to be on the right way to start the season with what it takes to reach important results.”


Tagged as: Aprilia , Portimao , Noriyuki Haga , Pata

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sebski22 - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 9:35 PM

Haga is the man... Think back to the Koji/Renegade Ducati days, Haga would have won that season if it wasn't for reliability issues, we know he performs best with no pressure and I'm sure he will love being back in a Privateer Team. If Pata keep the money coming for bits I think we will see a different Haga this year. "Podium by Mid Season"??...I'm going for a Podium straight out of the blocks. Come On Nori!!!

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 4:43 PM

Agreed they should find somewhere warmer and drier to test because Spain and Portugal in January are normally cold and wet - one decent day out of three is not good especially for the privateer teams who won't do as much testing. However Qatar gets dusty with sand and therefore is inconsistent from day to day so may not be a good track for testing. If they could afford it the teams could copy BMW and test in Australia - the factory team have been testing at Eastern Creek.



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