Hacking earns first Supersport win, Hayden back on the podium

May 2, 2007

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking put in an exciting ride aboard his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R to take the AMA Supersport win on Sunday at California Speedway, while his teammate Roger Hayden rounded out the podium with a third-finish place.

Hacking, who started on the second row, battled the entire race, and with two laps to go, made his move to the front, crossing the finish line with his first AMA Supersport win of the season.

‘It feels good to be back on the podium,” said Hacking. “Not only back on the podium, but its great being up there after switching over to a new bike and working with a new team. It just shows you how well we really put our heads together and find stuff that I like. Hopefully we can continue with our success this weekend and move onto the next round and enjoy the same results.”

With his win on Sunday, Hacking moved from 11th to sixth in the point standings.

Hayden showed impressive riding during the AMA Supersport race and didn’t let the three red flags influence his riding. Although lappers became an issue, he rode strong and brought his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R to finish in third place.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium,” said Hayden. “I made a mistake with a lapper and that kind of hurt a little bit. But it was a good race. I was able to get some points and hang in there. The bike worked great and I think things will go great next race.”

Attack Kawasaki’s Steve Rapp put in a notable ride, staying close with the front runners for much of the race. After qualifying 11th, he used the restarts to his advantage to eventually finish behind Hayden in fourth.

“In a 600cc race, it’s not really good to start in the third row,” said Rapp. “So I was surprised at my second restart, which put me up on the front row for the last restart. That was one of the hardest races I have ridden and I was happy everything was working the way it did.”

After the third restart, Rapp’s teammate Ben Attard pulled into the pits with a problem that was unable to be repaired.

In the second AMA Superbike race of the weekend, Hacking and Hayden finished seventh and eighth, respectively. The two riders battled back and forth for a majority of the race and showed much improvement on their Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

“It was definitely better,” said Hayden. “We made a lot of changes to the machine and it was nice making some steps in the right direction. It’s always better to go forward and we’ll take it one step at a time.”

The next round of the AMA Superbike Championship is set for May 18-20 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif