Haga just misses podium for PATA Aprilia

Noriyuki Haga misses out on his first PATA Aprilia podium by a tenth of a second, though he is convinced he is on the cusp of a strong result.
Noriyuki Haga says he and the PATA Aprilia team is close achieving a breakthrough result after just missing out on a podium finish during the second World superbike race at Monza.

The Japanese rider has endured mixed fortunes aboard the satellite RSV-4 during the opening three rounds of the 2011 season, but made good strides at Monza, even if a good result in race one was scuppered by a drive-through penalty for cutting a chicane.

Nonetheless, Haga bounced back in race two to become embroiled in an intense – and almost physical – tussle with former Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio. Though the Italian got the better of Haga, the 2009 runner-up was pleased with the marked step forward.

“I had fun in race two, but we didn't get the brakes set up to my way of riding and it prevented me from making a more determined attack on Michel Fabrizio. We made another step forward and we're really close to achieving a great result.

“Now we'll focus on the tests at Misano to try and keep improving the bike's setting, ahead of the next round at the end of the month at Miller Motorsports Park.”

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You can Do it Nori - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 11:31 AM

As heartbroken as i was not seeing Nori get on the podium yesterday it was good to see you get a strong result. He has shown bursts of speed on that Aprillia all year , but for some reason the tyres have been going off not letting him finish strong. team manager Borciani said in an interview to GPone its due to an inferior electronics package the team are running. They need Aprillia's electronics to help Haga control the tyres better. Then im sure Nori will be up the thick end, better yet just give him the Monza spec engine every race! Even though as a diehard loyal Nori fan i think his best days are past him, This championship desperately needs an on form Haga to bring the most entertainment/excitement into a race. (not that it lacks any now)

Fabrizio is a Mug - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 11:36 AM

That explains why Nori was loosing time on the back and main straights under braking. After passing Fabrizio on the second to last lap he was in third only for Fabrizio to literally barge past him . That made Nori irate , even the Eurosport commentary team picked up on it in their post race analysis. The Nori of old wouldnt have taken that , sure he did try to come back on him but it didnt seem as committed, perhaps that Suzuki was much quicker in a straightline and used the drive out of the parabolica onto the main straight ! If Haga had a fast bike he could have slipstreamed Fabrizio for the win as a tenth of a second at those speeds would have been made up in a flash.

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