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Haga riding for Swan Yamaha in BSB

The news was out earlier today, Nori is switching to BSB. Nobody wanted to either pay his salary or give him a good (factory backed?) ride in WSBK which I think is a shame. But then, only some know the dirty details.

What do you think about it? Im a little sad to see him being pushed aside. Nevertheless with the revised rules this years BSB championship should make one hell of a seaon!
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I saw this on Crash. Isn't he taking Anthony West's seat? Should be interesting to see how he goes in BSB. That is a good team and he defiantly could have done a lot worse!

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As much as I love Haga-san I think that his best years are behind him.

I would love to see him in WSBK but in all honesty I think it's good to see lots of new blood in WSBK and guys that have already proven themselves in BSB finally being given a good shot.

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He could've gone to the AMA
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As much as I love Haga-san I think that his best years are behind him.

I would love to see him in WSBK but in all honesty I think it's good to see lots of new blood in WSBK and guys that have already proven themselves in BSB finally being given a good shot.
Then I have no clue why Tommy Hill didnt make it to WSBK. I think the guy who beat Hopper for the title deserved a shot at the bigger class.

You might be right for Hagas days being over, but Hopper, Checa and Biaggi rejoiced from stepping down (GP>WSBK and WSBK>BSB). Maybe hes in for a title after all these years? Id like to see him win.
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As much as I love Haga-san I think that his best years are behind him.
Spies took every last bit of fight out of him that year. That was his last stance in the top tier of that series. All downhill from there.

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Spies took every last bit of fight out of him that year. That was his last stance in the top tier of that series. All downhill from there.
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Yup...totally agree...I like Haga, but he might need to retire soon..
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Spies took every last bit of fight out of him that year. That was his last stance in the top tier of that series. All downhill from there.

people said the same about Max & Rossi... now look at the sucess Max has had when he dropped down to WSBK


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people said the same about Max & Rossi... now look at the sucess Max has had when he dropped down to WSBK


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Of course, the lower you go, the more success you "should" have? That's why they go lower, to try to remain relevant and successful and keep your name out there. I bet if Haga went to AMA or club level he would seem like a beast.

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Of course, the lower you go, the more success you "should" have? That's why they go lower, to try to remain relevant and successful and keep your name out there. I bet if Haga went to AMA or club level he would seem like a beast.

he was a beast in WSBK... bin it or win it
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Yeah, that's what we're saying. He used to be a beast and lost his fight after Spies took him for a long walk in the park.

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I saw this on Crash. Isn't he taking Anthony West's seat? Should be interesting to see how he goes in BSB. That is a good team and he defiantly could have done a lot worse!
Only if Anthony West was taking Hutchy's seat, then the team wised up and got a more proven rider.

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Haga was always the "Maxwell Smart" of WSBK....
"Missed it, by THAT much".
Shame really, i thought he deserved a title, after coming sooooo close sooo many times!
Whatever the venue, i'd be glad to watch 41 mixing it up!

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Don't they have a spec ECU and tire (Pirelli) in BSB? Isn't traction control banned?

It seems we could see the sliding again all of us so much enjoyed back in the day from Haga-san.

Japanese riders have done pretty well in the UK, so maybe Haga could finally win a championship.

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Yes they have a spec ECU, I believe it is supplied by MoTec.

Check this out:

Gary Mason talking about the Spec ECU.
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I don't mind the rules but would like to see at least a "rate of change" TC system incorporated into the ECU as a measure of safety...

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Looks like Ant West is going to BSB too..

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Then I have no clue why Tommy Hill didnt make it to WSBK. I think the guy who beat Hopper for the title deserved a shot at the bigger class.

You might be right for Hagas days being over, but Hopper, Checa and Biaggi rejoiced from stepping down (GP>WSBK and WSBK>BSB). Maybe hes in for a title after all these years? Id like to see him win.
I'm guessing Tommy didn't have the sponsor dollars needed to get a WSC ride. Hopper brings a lot of cash with him as does Haga.

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