Ducati Xerox riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga rode a stressful 24-lap first race at the Misano World Circuit today, in which "flag-to-flag" rules were implemented due to the wet track conditions at the race start. An impressive race from Fabrizio and his Ducati 1198, finishing in third, on the podium for the first time in Misano, while teammate Haga also made up many positions to cross the line in fifth.
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 19th June: despite extremely high track temperatures that hovered around 50° all day, the Ducati Xerox riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga made a great start to their "home" race weekend at the Misano World Circuit and it was Michel on board his Ducati 1198 who closed today as the fastest rider out there.
In the first free practice session earlier in the day both Michel and Noriyuki got off the starting blocks at a very quick pace and their immediate competitiveness saw them conclude the opening session near the top of the time sheets, with Fa
Misano (Republic of San Marino), Tuesday 16th June: having spent the last weeks making long-haul trips to Africa and America, the Ducati Xerox squad can now enjoy a local trip, from Bologna as far as the Italian Adriatic Coast, for the eighth round of the World Superbike championship, taking place this weekend at the Misano World Circuit.
The "home" track for Ducati in recent years, with the absence of Imola from the Superbike calendar, the Misano circuit generally also proves to be the hottest appointment of the season.
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.