Haga concerned by arm pains

The PATA Aprilia rider shows well at Donington Park, despite an arm injury that troubled him throughout the weekend.
Noriyuki Haga is hoping the three-week gap between events will enable him to seek consultation on an old arm injury that hampered him throughout the latest World Superbike weekend.

The Japanese rider enjoyed a competitive outing at Donington Park, qualifying as the top Aprilia rider with fifth, before proceeding to challenge at the front during the early stages of both races.

However, having revealed post-qualifying that the cooler weather had aggravated an arm injury sustained at the same circuit two years ago, he admitted it proved problematic in the races as well.

"During the firsts laps of race one I've was quick, but unfortunately later due to some forearm ache I couldn't express myself at my best to fight for the podium,” said Haga, who finished sixth in race one before making a mistake and falling during race two.

“It is the first time during my whole career that I happen to have this pain and now I have some time to solve it and show myself at the top at the next round.

“Compared with Australia we made a good step forward and we are sure we can do the same in Assen. During race two while I was into the fight with the lead group but I went off because I wasn't in gear. The race was compromised but I decided to finish it to grow experience with this bike and check the changes between race one and two."

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March 29, 2011 11:21 AM

Was good to see Nori get back on the bike after the fall, he's obviously in a much better place mentally than last year otherwise he'd have just walked away from the bike like he did last year. Seems to have his mojo back a bit which is good for the spectacle. As someone else mentioned in another thread, would have been quite amusing watching him and Max duke it out for last place if only Max had done his ride through rather than being black flagged

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