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Haga crashes out two laps into Ducati WSB debut

Noriyuki Haga crashed his new Xerox Ducati 1098 F09 on only his second flying lap after a collision with Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea.

Riding the Ducati for the first time, Haga was cruising and as he tipped into the final hairpin, Rea who was the fastest man on track at the time hit the side of the Ducati man and both riders went down.

Fortunately Haga and Rea were un-hurt, but Haga was forced to sit out for over an hour whilst the team rebuilt the 2009 specification Xerox Ducati.

Haga said: “It was only the second lap, I was out wide and Jonathan ran into the side of me. I don’t know exactly how it happened, maybe I was going too slow, maybe he was going too fast!”

Rea was also relaxed about the incident, he said: “It was a bit of a stupid crash to be honest. Nori was cruising off the racing line but as he got to the hairpin he just made a straight line direct to the apex. I hit him and we both went down. Luckily we are both ok, it’s just a shame for the mechanics because now they have to work extra hard.”

Three hours into the first day of the three day test and Japanese rider Yukio Kagayama onboard the 2009 GSXR-1000 is leading the way.

Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki)
Ben Spies (Yamaha)
Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
Troy Corser (BMW)
Max Neukirchner (Suzuki)
Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda)
Shinya Nakano (Aprilia)
Jonathan Rea (Honda)
Andrew Pitt (Honda Supersport)
Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda Supersport)
Ruben Xaus (BMW)
Carlos Checa (Honda)
Tom Sykes (Yamaha)

Source | MCN


Haga crashes for second time in today’s testing yet he is number one in the time sheets.  His mechanics have to be wondering if this season is going to be a constant rebuild after each practice or race.

World Superbike arrives in Kyalami South Africa to begin tire testing.

The top World Superbike teams have arrived at Kyalami in South Africa for the first leg of winter testing in preparation for the 2009 season, which gets underway on March 1 in Australia.

The three days of testing, from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 December, will help to develop the evolution tyres that one-make supplier Pirelli is producing for next season. Kyalami will once again be the venue for a round of the championship for production-based bikes for the first time since 2002: the South African Round is scheduled for May 17 next year.

Kyalami will see a number of important debuts, in particular for BMW who shape up to their first head-to-head tests against their rivals: the four-cylinder S1000RR machines will be in the hands of Troy Corser (Australia) and Ruben Xaus (Spain). It will also be the first major test for another of the new entries in 2009, Aprilia, with their four-cylinder V65° engine RSV4 and two top riders of the calibre of Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano.

All change also in the world champion Ducati Xerox team, where Noriyuki Haga of Japan takes over at the helm from Troy Bayliss, who retired from racing last month in Portugal.

Yamaha Motor Italia (with Ben Spies and Tom Sykes) and Suzuki Alstare (with Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama) will be putting the mileage on their new 2009 bikes, while Honda Ten Kate can again count on three of their tried and tested CBR1000RR machines for Carlos Checa, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Jonathan Rea. The only factory team absent at Kyalami will be Kawasaki Paul Bird Motorsport, which is scheduled to make its testing debut next month in Spain.

The official winter test programme will continue from January 23-25 at Portimao in Portugal.


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