Yamaha Motor Italia's Noriyuki Haga has one target in mind for this weekend's World Superbike round at Brands Hatch and that is to come away with a double win, injured collarbone or not.
The Samurai of Slide is still recovering from injury he suffered during a spill at Miller MotorSpot Park, which he describes as itchy, but that isn't deterring him from his goal of standing on the Brands podium twice on Sunday.
“Brands Hatch is one of my favourite circuits and last year, in the second race, I was doing well, and I enjoyed fighting with James Toseland," said Haga.
"Second position was kind of OK. This year I’m trying for a double win there. I like the atmosphere very much at Brands Hatch; it’s a great England track. I always do well in England and I will be thinking positive again.”
Team-mate Troy Corser is currently on a roll and showing a resurgence of form. He has an enviable history at Brands and is looking for his first win of the year on the Yamaha R1. It's also sort of a home race as wife Sam is from the UK.
“It’s kind of like a second home race for me with my wife Sam’s family there," he said. "The track’s good, I like the layout, although the fences are a bit close on some places at the back of the circuit.
"But all in all, a good place. Atmosphere wise it’s the only place like it, the spectators are so close, you can see and hear them a lot more easily than at most circuits. It’s always a good track to go to with the atmosphere and the crowd. I always get plenty of support there so it’s one of the best ones.”