Mixed emotions for Haga after podium and fall

Noriyuki Haga celebrates a second podium of the season but rues his fall from the lead just two laps before the race was halted.
Noriyuki Haga was left with mixed emotions after missing out on an almost certain win at the Nurburgring, just hours after notching up only his second podium finish of the season.

The Japanese rider enjoyed his strongest performance of the season as he diced with Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri on the way to third position in the first race.

Indeed, having briefly snatched the lead at one stage, the result marks only his second podium finish of the season having achieved an identical result at Misano.

“I'm really happy to be back on top. During race one, I managed to take advantage of my starting place and everything went great. Then, the minute I began to lose drive, Melandri overtook.”

Haga looked destined for even better in race two by staying cool in the poor weather conditions, the 43-time race winner taking the lead at the start and multiplying his advantage out front over the ensuing laps.

Stretching his lead out to more than ten seconds, Haga's hopes of securing a historic first win for PATA Racing were dashed on lap thirteen when he crashed in worsening conditions at the Schumacher-S.

A bitter disappointment for Haga, particularly as the race was stopped and declared just two laps later, he apologised to his team falling.

“I was hoping for a dry race two as I was planning some adjustments but things were pretty good in the wet. However, when it rained heavier, it was hard and even though I slowed down, I lost the front tyre. I'm sorry, I wish I could have given the team a win after the earlier podium."

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Jon - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 8:17 PM

Congrats to #41 for a great weekend and a great podium in race 1. Race 2 was just amazing to watch when your a fan, all up to the round where he crashed. Nori had diserved better, but racing is racing, and anyway a great performace that in my eyes proves his still up there. Looking forward to the next rounds....GO #41

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