Jun 22, 2002
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From a press release, revealing the existance of new "evolution tires" from Dunlop:<BR><BR>SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP<BR>Eighth round<BR><BR>SAN MARINO<BR>Misano circuit, 4,060 m.<BR>Second Qualifying Sessions <BR><BR>NORIYUKI HAGA ON SECOND ROW AT MISANO<BR><BR>Misano (Rimini), Saturday 22 June - Noriyuki Haga made sixth quickest time in the Superpole to establish the starting grid placings at the San Marino Grand Prix - the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship being held at Misano. The Japanese Playstation2-FGF Aprilia rider moves down one place compared with Friday's ratings. The tests on the new evolution tyres, which arrived in the morning after being rushed in directly from the Dunlop factory in Britain, did not give the hoped-for results. On a track which has never given him great satisfaction in the past, Haga will be aiming to improve his position in the two races tomorrow. <BR><BR>NORIYUKI HAGA (Playstation2 - FGF Aprilia Team rider) - "I didn't feel set-up and tyres were all that right: I tried out all sorts of solutions but in the end we rather lost track. The intense heat is making the tarmac very slippery and I haven't got the grip I'd like to have. Still, the race is quite long enough, so we'll see what happens."<BR><BR>GIACOMO GUIDOTTI (Technical Manager, Playstation2 - FGF Aprilia Team) - "Haga didn't get on too well with the evolution tyres we tested for the first time today: perhaps we needed more time. We've decided to test them again during the warm up. We haven't got the settings right either - especially the fork. What's more, after his two slides on Friday, Haga was tending to keep himself on the safe side."