Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
With Ducati exiting the World Superbike series, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had to find new homes for 2011. Suzuki Alstare is set to confirm Fabrizio as their sole rider for 2011, and now Haga has also found his team for 2011. Haga recently signed with the PATA Racing Team to ride an Aprilia RSV4R for the 2011 WSB season.
Haga didn’t have the season he had hoped for in 2010. Haga was coming off of an 8 win 2009 season that landed him in second place in the overall standings. In 2010, Haga was only able to claim two race wins and a sixth place overall finish.
But now Haga will be riding a proven bike, and both he and the PATA Racing team have high hopes for 2011.
“I’m really happy to announce the birth of a new team and a new collaboration with Marco Borciani, who will be managing the squad,” says Daniele Carli, owner of DFX Corse which also raced on a Ducati this season. “We will race on a factory bike, which made us decide for a strong rider such as Noriyuki Haga, who is a big name in Superbike history. I would also like to thank Ducati for their helpfulness in all these seasons, during which we collaborated and scored important results.”
Haga has had tried his luck with Aprilia before. He raced in the MotoGP and the World Superbike aboard an Aprilia machine. In 2002, Haga finished fourth with the help of an Aprilia motorcycle.