News Haga's recent history at Monza an enviable one

Haga’s recent history at Monza an enviable one

As we enter the fifth round of the 2009 season the most successful rider in recent WSB meetings at Monza is unquestionably a certain Noriyuki Haga.

In the last two years, while riding a Yamaha, he has scored three wins and one second place finish. The Japanese rider actually sees Monza as a home race, as he has lived in neighbouring Milan during the season for a number of years.

Haga is the current clear championship leader and he will be joined at Monza not only by his fellow Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio, chasing his first Monza podium, but by the 2008 World Champion, Troy Bayliss. Troy will not be riding, of course, but will be acting in his role of Ducati ambassador at what is always an important race for the Borgo Panigale-based company.

Haga, like several other top contenders, tested at the Autodromo recently, and should therefore be completely prepared for whatever awaits him at Monza this weekend.

Noriyuki Haga Speaks…

"We did some testing at Monza recently and it was my first chance to ride the 1198 there," said Haga.

"Although we had a few problems, I know these will be resolved for the race weekend. I am already really excited about the Monza race. I am not thinking about the possibility of winning the championship, I just think about each race, taking one weekend at a time. Of course at Monza I hope to win again, especially because it is my home circuit!"


2021 Indian Springfield Lineup First Look (5 Fast Facts)

There are two motorcycles in the 2021 Indian Springfield lineup, with the standard Springfield focused on longer-distance touring, and the Springfield Dark Horse pulling...

2021 BMW R 18 Review (19 Fast Facts on the First Edition)

Over a year after its concept debut, the 2021 BMW R 18 has made its way to production. Much has been written about its...

2021 Honda CRF450R Review (12 First Ride Fast Facts from Glen Helen)

The 2021 Honda CRF450R is all-new for 2021. The entirely new chassis, bodywork, exhaust, and hydraulic clutch highlight the changes to the CRF450R. Add to...

Arai Spoiler EX2 for the Corsair-X Helmet First Look

The Arai Corsair-X is the Japanese company’s flagship helmet and intended for riders of the highest performance motorcycle. MotoGP racers Maverick Viñales of Monster...

2021 Indian Scout Lineup First Look: Five Models (Photos, Specs + Prices)

Although the five-motorcycle Indian Scout lineup is functionally unchanged for 2021—last year was a major expansion of the line—this year, Indian is offering new...

2020 Ural Weekender SE First Look: Special Edition Sidecar

Just in time for autumn, Ural lets loose with the 2020 Ural Weekender SE. Based on the 2WD Gear Up model, the Weekender SE...