Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking put his Kawasaki ZXâ„¢-10R on the podium for the second time this year with an impressive third-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
With the start of the race pushed back due to a rain delay, the riders lined up at the start at approximately 7:15 p.m. Knowing daylight could become a factor, the officials changed the 28-lap race to just 18 laps of competition.
Hacking waited patiently after getting a sixth-place start and took the fifth position during lap five. He made it up to fourth and eventually got to third on lap eight, finishing with almost a three-second gap on the fourth-place rider.
“I got a really good start, probably my best to date,” said Hacking. “The bike had some pretty good top speed going along the back straightaway. I was getting a good drive and was able to pass them on the brakes. From there I put in a comfortable pace, consistently building a gap, and was able to bring it home for the team.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Roger Hayden also had a good run on his Kawasaki ZXâ„¢-10R, finishing the day in eighth place.
“I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes since I knew we were going to try and have the supersport race right after,” said Hayden, who is the current points’ leader of the AMA Supersport class. “I wasn’t able to find a good rhythm and was sliding around more than I would have liked. I know we are making progress so I’m confident that we can come back next race and be up front.”
Due to the rain delay, the AMA Supersport race was cancelled because of low-visibility on the track. The riders met with AMA officials following the short warm-up session and with the time being after 8 p.m., the decision was made to cancel the race.
The next round of the AMA Superbike Championship is set for August 17-19 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.
AMA Superbike Championship
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Â Lexington, Ohio
August 5, 2007
AMA Superbike Results
1. Ben Spies, Longview, Texas, Suzuki
2. Mathew Mladin, Henderson, Nev., Suzuki
3. JAMIE HACKING, DENVER, N.C., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4. Aaron Yates, Milledgeville, Ga., Suzuki
5. Jake Zemke, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
6. Miguel Duhamel, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda
7. Eric Bostrom, Las Vegas, Nev., Yamaha
8. ROGER HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
9. Tommy Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
10. Matt Lynn, Ball Ground, Ga., MV Agusta
AMA Superbike Standings
1. Ben Spies, Longview, Texas, Suzuki, 486
2. Mathew Mladin, Henderson, Nev., Suzuki, 469
3. Miguel Duhamel, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda, 360
4. Jake Zemke, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 342
5. Tommy Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki, 336
6. Aaron Yates, Milledgeville, Ga., Suzuki, 326
7. Jason Disalvo, Stafford, N.Y., Yamaha, 300
8. JAMIE HACKING, DENVER, N.C., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 289
9. Eric Bostrom, Las Vegas, Nev., Yamaha, 274
10. James Ellison Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Suzuki, 256
11. ROGER HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 246