Ducati has signed both its current riders for the 2010 World Superbike Championship. Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio will be retained by the Xerox factory team and both riders appear delighted with the outcome of their contract deliberations.
Ducati appear pleased with the pairing with Haga being the 3rd most winning World Superbike rider (behind only Troy Bayliss and Carl Fogarty) and Fabrizio breaking through for his first win this season.
Noriyuki Haga:- “I am very happy that this great team continues to believe in me! I thank Ducati, the team and everyone that was involved in making the decision. I have a great relationship with my team and with Michel, and so I am more than happy to stay here in 2010…Knowing that I have a job for next year will surely spur me on; I will give 200% in Imola this weekend!…”
Michel Fabrizio:- “I’m very happy, I received confirmation of the renewal the day before my birthday and this news was a great end to the week. I’m currently third in the championship and I’ll continue to give my all in the final three rounds. At Imola I’m going to go on fighting my own battle, and then we’ll see how Nori and I are placed… I’ll perhaps change my strategy for the last two races, if need be, in order to assist Nori.”
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Recently plagued with injury Nitro Nori has not won a race in 10 events. Haga is currently second in the championship behind Yamaha’s Ben Spies and Fabrizio is 3rd in the points standing ahead of this weekend’s racing at Imola.