Noriyuki “Nitro Nori” Haga NewsAlthough Noriyuki Haga has never won a World Superbike Championship, the Japanese rider finished runner-up three times – twice on a Yamaha YZF-R1 and once on a Ducati 1198R.
Haga has impressed on all makes of motorcycles, though his final full championship year in WSBK (2011) didn’t go to well on the Pata Aprilia. That year, Haga finished eighth, and was left without a ride for 2012 and 2013.But he will return at round seven of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Imola for a one-event appearance aboard the Grillini Dentalmatic Team BMW S1000RR. Haga will compete at the round aboard the Feel Racing prepped machine next to regular Grillini Dentalmatic rider Vittorio Iannuzzo.To prep for the round, which takes place June 28-30, the 43-time race winner was at Mugello Saturday for some testing aboard the BMW superbike. Under dry conditions, Haga performed 70 laps, helping him tune in the S1000RR to his riding style.Noriyuki Haga says: “First of all I would like to thank Feel Racing and Team Grillini Dentalmatic” said Noriyuki Haga “for the opportunity to ride the BMW S 1000 RR. The test at Mugello went really good and we were able to find a base set-up for the bike for the round at Imola.“I haven’t been racing since October of last year, but I hope to be quick enough, I’ll be doing my best and push hard during the whole weekend, I want to score a good result for the team and the fans.”For additional World Superbike coverage, click here.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!