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Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki’s Hacking Retakes Points Lead in Birmingham

NEWS May 7, 2009

Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki’s Hacking Retakes Points Lead in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 7, 2009) - Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking rode to his second podium finish of the weekend and took back the points lead during the second AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Consistent finishes all weekend helped Hacking build a three-point advantage in the points standings. Teammate Roger Hayden pulled in early in the race, finishing 37th. The AMA Pro SuperSport class raced on a wet track with Leandro Mercado finishing just off the podium in fourth.

Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Under the Tent

Another Great Run
After an incredible finish during Saturday's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race, Hacking was determined to improve on his third place finish. Right away Hacking jumped into the lead and looked to pull a gap. With pressure coming up behind and his rain tires giving way as the track continued to dry, Hacking played it smart and brought his Kawasaki Ninja® ZXTM-6R home in second.

"I'm obviously looking for the win, but I didn't want to push it too hard and lose valuable points if I crashed," said Hacking. "We moved forward a lot in the championship this weekend and that is our main goal. (Martin) Cardenas rode a great race and I know we were running a pace out there that no one could match."

Point for Laps Led
Hacking's speed kept him in front for most of the race and also helped him score another point in the championship standings. In a title chase this close, one point can go a long way.

"Its great to leave here with the points lead," said Hacking. "That is our main goal and I think it's important to remember every last point, especially when things come down to the wire at the end of the season."

Moving Up in SuperSport
After the track's staff and spectators had taken cover from tornado warnings and severe storms, the weather broke and the supersport riders were up for their 12-lap race. Mercado got off to a great start, but wasn't able to find his groove right away. Once everything came together, he was able to catch up and finish fourth. Mercado's finish moved him into second overall in the AMA Pro SuperSport Eastern Region point standings.

"I was mainly concerned with finishing the race," said Mercado. "The points and the overall championship were on my mind and I didn't want to do anything stupid. The beginning of the race my rear was moving a lot, but I got familiar with it and was able to push forward. It was a fun race and also my first race in the rain. I'm very happy to finish in fourth."

Roger Finishes Weekend
After a strong finish in Saturday's race, Hayden was forced to come in during the opening laps. His windshield and helmet shield were covered with a substance and he didn't feel comfortable continuing. 

"My safety is a big issue for me here," said Hayden. "After getting some liquid on the front of my bike, I didn't want to risk my safety. I wasn't sure what it was and I felt better not doing anything unwise."

Really Bad Weather
To say that Barber Motorsports Park was hit with weather could have been an understatement. Just as the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class was getting ready to start their race, a tornado warning was issued for the area and the teams and spectators were forced to take cover. After two hours, the racing was able to commence and at the end of the day all scheduled events were completed.

Without a Win
Consistency has been the name of the game this year for Hacking. Even without a win, Hacking has been able to lead the points twice during the season.

"It would definitely be nice to get a win," said Hacking. "I mean it's about time. But we do have to look at the overall picture and that is to win a championship. I've been very close a few times and hopefully soon it will be my turn."

AMA Pro Road Racing Series
Barber Motorsports Park - Birmingham, Ala.
May 3, 2009

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Results
  1. Martin Cardenas, Miami, Fla., Suzuki
  3. Daniel Eslick, Broken Arrow, Okla., Buell
  4. Chaz Davies, Carlsbad, Calif., Aprilla
  5. Michael Barnes, Boca Raton, Fla., Buell
  6. Ben Thompson, Austin, Texas, Aprilla
  7. Jason DiSalvo, Las Vegas, Nev., Suzuki
  8. Damian Cudlin, Australia, Yamaha
  9. Russ Wikle, Huntsville, Ala., Suzuki
  10. Dane Westby, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Point Standings
  2. Daniel Eslick, Broken Arrow, Okla., Buell, 143
  3. Martin Cardenas, Miami, Fla., Suzuki, 142
  4. Jason DiSalvo, Las Vegas, Nev., Suzuki, 117
  5. Josh Herrin, Clovis Calif., Yamaha, 114
  6. Chaz Davies, Carlsbad, Calif., Aprilla, 90
  7. Jake Zemke, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 74
  8. Steve Rapp, Hawthorne, Calif., Yamaha, 67
  9. Chris Peris, Calgary, Canda, Honda, 64
  10. Michael Barnes, Boca Raton, Fla., Buell, 64
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