Noriyuki Haga has vowed to do everything he can to score two strong results during the third round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen, so he can dedicate them to his native Japan.
The PATA Aprilia rider qualified as the top RSV-4 rider with a spot on the outside of the front row at Assen, the former WSBK runner-up putting in his most convincing performance yet aboard the 2010 title-winning machine.
Targeting a victory challenge come race day, Haga says it would be a particularly poignant moment for him to be able to dedicate good results to Japan, which is struggling to come to terms with the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the north-east of the country a month ago.
"I'd love to win tomorrow, even if it won't be easy. The aim is to obtain two great results to dedicate to all the Japanese supporters that are going through hard times.
“So far we've been able to do everything at the best, we still have doubts about the setting that could let the tyre stays in good conditions until the end of the race and we'll work during the warm up tomorrow to do the best choice."