Twenty years ago, according to Wikipedia, Nitro Noriyuki Haga improved his performance to challenge for the title in 2000. However, his season was disrupted when he was tested positive for a banned substance. Haga was tested positive for the substance Ephedrine after the race in South Africa, though it was later learned that Ephedrine occurs naturally in the herbs used in the Ma Huang supplement that he’d taken during the off-season. He initially received a one-month ban beginning on June 5 and had his points from both South African races deducted.[5] However, after a series of appeals the points from Race 1 in South Africa were reinstated and the ban was delayed and reduced to a 2-week ban, resulting in Haga missing the final round at Brands HatchGreat Britain. With Haga losing 25 points and sitting out a 2-race weekend, Colin Edwards comfortably won the 2000 championship.

Ouch.


Alpinestars Press Release:

MAGNY-COURS, FRANCE – The 2020 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at the iconic Circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours sees Alpinestars launch the ‘Haga 20’ Supertech R Race Replica Boots in recognition of one of WSBK’s fastest and most spectacular riders, Noriyuki ‘Nitro Nori’ Haga.

The Japanese ‘Samurai of Slide’ enjoyed a successful WSBK career, with Noriyuki finishing runner-up in the World Championship on three different occasions and third in the overall standings in an additional four seasons. Noriyuki competed in 312 races in WSBK throughout his illustrious career, securing 43 wins, 116 podiums, seven poles and 59 fastest laps.  His unique blend of bike control, outright speed and flamboyant riding style saw him become a firm favorite with fans across the globe.

The ‘Haga 20’ Limited Edition Supertech R is a fitting tribute to racing legend Noriyuki’s skill and all-action riding style. Featuring all the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boots, the striking Japanese-inspired flaming red, black and white nitro design compels fans to wear the distinctive ‘Haga 20’ – a premium race boot fit for Champions.

MotoGP and Superbike Technology for Alpinestars Customers
From its first launch, the Supertech boot immediately redefined the standards by which road racing footwear are measured – so revolutionary was its concept and construction. Today, the Supertech R represents the pinnacle of racing innovation for track and road use. Every component is meticulously engineered for high performance protection, precision and flexibility.  The technology used by Alpinestars athletes in MotoGP and WSBK, MotoAmerica, BSB and all other championships where Alpinestars riders compete derives from the company’s commitment to R&D and track testing activities with top athletes allowing customers  to enjoy the same boots for their everyday riding on the road and track.

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