2011 World Superbike
When Ducati pulled all factory efforts from the World Superbike Championship for 2011, Noriyuki Haga was left without a ride…but not for long. The talent of Nitro Nori allowed him to quickly gain a new seat with the all-new Italian Pata Racing Aprilia WSBK team.
And this past wekeend at the Motorbike Expo in Verona, Italy, the Japanese rider Haga and the Pata Racing Aprilia RSV4 unveiled their 2011 Superbike livery.
The Pata Aprilia World Superbike team, which was formed in October, was made possible thanks to Remo Gobbi, owner and C.E.O. of PATA spa, Daniele Carli, owner of the WSBK team DFX Corse and Marco Borciani, former motorcycle rider and now team manager of squads racing in the same competition.
Noriyuki Haga (Pata Aprilia Superbike) says: "I immediately accepted Daniele Carli and Marco Borciani’s offer. I will be provided with a highly competitive motorbike, the one that belonged to the world champion 2010. With this I think I will be able to aim for the first places at every race. Throughout my career I achieved a lot, but I’m still not satisfied.
"I dream of winning the world title and isn’t written that I can’t do it on this motorcycle. For sure, on paper, officials teams have an advantage, but Aprilia has already shown its willingness to give the greatest support to a racer fighting for a big goal."
Daniele Carli (Aprilia Superbike) says: "I’m really glad to be here, at the start of this new challenge thanks to a collaboration with Marco Borciani. There already was mutual esteem, and the willing to give the best just made it all.
"Our team has its main base in Pressana and a 150-seat hospitality area will be in place at the track, as well as a semitrailer-garage. But most of all, our effort will feature a top-racer, a top motorcycle and a top-team."
Marco Borciani (Pata Arpilia Superbike) says: "Firstly I need to thank Daniele Carli, my former team manager who is now involved in this new challenge. And Aprilia, who believed in us, allowing us to build up a team around a top racer like Noriyuki Haga.
"I’m sure with Haga I’ll be back to lead a top level team that will have its say during the championship, after a 2010 season during which, for the first time since I’ve been here as a team manager, never put the racer on the podium. Now, we’ll have some tests where we can face our competitors, even if the proper value will only be determined during the first race at Phillip Island."