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Haga back to winning ways in Germany

Haga fights his way past Carlos Checa before easing off when his rival crashes out of contention.
Noriyuki Haga is celebrating his first World Superbike Championship win in almost five months after a confident performance in race two at the Nurburgring.

The Japanese rider put a fall from second place in the opening race firmly behind him as he fought his way into the lead on lap four and didn't look back.

Haga's cause was aided by Carlos Checa crashing out whilst pressuring for the lead, though he still had to contend with the attentions of race one winner Jonathan Rea.

Nonetheless, the Northern Irishman would eventually fade as Haga pushed on, last year's runner-up crossing the line for only his second win of the season, his first since Valencia back in April.

The start of the race was a tidy affair, the riders jostling through the tight first corner hairpin, the pack emerging with Checa in front, ahead of Haga, Rea, Max Biaggi and Tom Sykes.

However, it soon became evident that the winner would come from the top three riders as they stretched away from the chasing pack, Checa, Haga and Rea covered by less than a second.

Just as he did in the first, however, Haga would find his way past Checa on lap four, the Spaniard running wide on the exit of turn one to allow Haga through around the outside of turn two.

While Haga's lead did nothing to keep Checa off his tail, he would receive a boost when the Althea rider made an uncharacteristic mistake on lap nine and crashed out of the position.

Putting a small margin between Haga and Rea, the Northern Irishman attempted to bridge the gap but was never able to fully get onto the tail of his rival, the Japanese rider streaking away to win by a clear three seconds.





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