BSB: Nitro Nori sails into the UK with Swan Yamaha
SAMURAI of Slide Noriyuki Haga will ride for Guisborough-based Swan Yamaha this season after inking a deal to replace the injured Ian Hutchinson.
After weeks of gossip and rumours, the Japanese hotshot has today revealed he will return to Yamaha power to contest the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Nitro Nori comes to the UK with a total of 43 World Superbike Championship wins, finishing title runner-up three times and securing third a further four times.
He's a rider famous for his flambuoyant riding style and has already enjoyed success at many of the UK series' tracks, scoring podiums at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Silverstone and Assen.
He also has experience around Oulton Park having taken a wildcard entry there several years ago, which was to be the setting for the now famous 'Fireball' image by Tim Keeton.
Now he is preparing to head back to the UK for a full season with Shaun Muir's outfit.
"It is a new challenge for me to race in BSB and I am now ready for the new season with Swan Yamaha," he said. "I feel that after many years in the same series this will be a kind of restart to my racing career.
"BSB has grown a lot and I have big support from the fans in the UK, so I liked the idea of racing in the Championship. It will also be a return to Yamaha, where I spent so many years taking many wins and now I feel like I am going back to my family.
"I have won races with Yamaha before in the World Championship and now I hope that we can do it again in BSB. I don't know several circuits in England and the BSB Championship but I will do my best to get results this year for the fans, myself and for Yamaha.
"We will start testing soon and I am very excited to get back on track as we have big ambitions for this season. Finally I hope that Ian Hutchinson can recover soon from his injury."
Team Owner Shaun Muir added: "It was a difficult situation for the Swan Yamaha team when Ian (Hutchinson) was sidelined with just four weeks remaining before we begin our pre-season testing programme.
"We then had to set out to find a replacement rider and the result for us could not have been better. We are absolutely delighted that Noriyuki will be joining us and we are now looking forward to welcoming him into the team.
"Noriyuki has such vast experience of racing a Superbike and during his career has always had a strong partnership with Yamaha and we are happy that we can continue that relationship this year.
"The Swan Yamaha team won the title last season and Noriyuki is really ready for the challenge of BSB and is coming to race here to win."