Haga takes championship second place after CAS reduces penalty
Yamaha’s Nori Haga has finished the 2000 Superbike World Championship in runner-up position, following a reduction in the penalty imposed against him by the FIM. Haga failed a post-race doping test in Kyalami, RSA, after he inadvertently ingested the mild stimulant ephedrine, contained in the natural dietary supplements he was taking during training. After an appeal, the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) ruled on October 12th that the 20 points originally deducted from the first heat should be reinstated and a two-week ban would take immediate effect. Consequently Haga was prevented from challenging for the championship title at Brands Hatch.
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha World Superbike Team) –
2nd in Superbike World Championship “I accept the CAS decision, but of course I am disappointed not to race at Brands Hatch. I still have a good feeling from this season and everyone in the team did a great job; despite the down times there have been many special moments too. The fans have been great and given me a lot of encouragement wherever I go. Yamaha has been behind me all the way and I’m hoping to continue riding for them in the future.”