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Haga hoping for fresh luck at home race

Haga hoping for fresh luck at home race

Haga hoping for fresh luck at home race

‘Nitro' Nori Haga has been unable to light up the MotoGP paddock on his return after a year back in the World Superbike paddock. Haga, riding for Aprilia alongside fellow SBK recruit Colin Edwards, has had a season's best finish of seventh at Donington Park, one of only two top ten finishes all year. The 28 year old Japanese rider admits that this is well below his own standards and he is hoping that home support, rather than local track knowledge, will help improve his fortunes at the Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi this weekend.

"I haven't ridden much at Motegi before," says Haga. "It's a race in Japan though, so it's not that I like or dislike it. Honda and Ducati are always fighting for victories this year, and they often have a good race. Aprilia are still developing though, and the bike just isn't advanced enough to get amongst the front group. It's hard to always be behind, although things are gradually getting better, and we need a little bit more time before it happens.

"To have signed and to race for a foreign company, in my case with an Italian company is a little strange from a Japanese point of view. However, in 1998 I joined a team with some Italians in it, and so I have a certain amount of feeling with them, and there's no problem for me to ride here now."

View the rest of this interview in its original version, along with exclusive images from Haga's first season aboard the Aprilia RS3, by clicking the link on the right of this page.

MotoGP, 2003

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