17 July 2005
Haga denies Corser Brno double.
History didn't get the chance to repeat itself at the Brno Alstare Corona Extra World Superbike round as Noriyuki Haga took the win from Troy Corser in spectacular tyre smoking style denying the championship leader his second double at the Czech circuit.
The final place on the podium went to Chris Vermeulen on the Winston Ten Kate Honda, Vermeulen had been determined to get his blue machine on the podium and he certainly achieved that. In race one the talented Aussie was struggling to make the bike turn in which wasn't helping with his tyre wear either. "Race one didn't go according to plan, but I've never seen this track before and I have enjoyed racing here," he said. "We made some changes for race two to get more grip and drive. I'm pleased to be on the podium but I want to be on the top step!"
Like a lot of riders Vermeulen found the nature of the track tricky. "It is a hard track with a lot of down hill and turning on the front. Steering was were we really struggled but I'll be more prepared next time."
Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki rider, Troy Corser was happy enough with second place and points towards his title campaign. He admits, "I didn't think I'd get beat this weekend, especially after race one!" Corser opted to run his number two machine in race two but even with the changed bike he couldn't keep the same pace as Haga-chan. "I tried to stay with Nori but I couldn't, so I just stayed consistent and kept second place for the points. I knew it wasn't important to beat Nori, I'm just relieved that there are no Ducatis on the podium!"
Noriyuki Haga qualified in eighteenth place, he had hoped to do better but when he ran a qualifier it didn't make much of a difference to his time, however during the free practice sessions he was in the top ten. His Yamaha Italia team tested at Brno a few weeks ago so he had a bit of an advantage, this is his first win since Magny Cours last year on the Renegade Koji Ducati.
"For race two I change bike setting. After start Chris Vermeulen touch and my brake lever was knocked out of the way. So next lap I have to move lever!" commented Haga. "It was tough race but I am very happy." The Yamaha team hope to have a new motor for the next round at Brands Hatch, so watch out for more tyre smoking antics from Haga.
The race was red flagged on lap two when Vizzellio's engine blew spilling oil in the track, wild card rider Svoboda then crashed on the oil, so the race was stopped to allow the spillage to be cleaned up.
When the red flag went out Regis Laconi was leading the way on his Xerox Ducati, from Troy Corser and third was James Toseland. On the restart neither Ducati rider made a very good start, unlike Haga who managed to go from eighteenth to eighth in two laps! The battle mid field for fourth and fifth was incredible, Abe, Muggeridge, Vermeulen Toseland, Laconi, Lanzi, and Chili were all involved, and it was like a 125 race.
Garry McCoy who crashed out in race one was unable to race due to an injured elbow, his team-mate Steve Martin came home in sixteenth and scored one point for the Foggy Petronas team.
WSBK race two results – Brno:
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