Jamie Hacking

Hacking To Replace Tamada At Misano And Donington

Kawasaki has been rather successful with its substitute riders. After former GP winner Makoto Tamada broke a bone in his wrist, both South Africa's Sheridan Morais and the American Jamie Hacking have posted outstanding results in his place, Morais scoring a  13th and 11th place at Kyalamin, and Hacking taking 7th and a DNF at Miller Motorsports Park. So good have been their results, in fact, that both men are ahead of regular rider Makoto Tamada in the World Championship standings.

Now, Jamie Hacking is to be rewarded for his strong showing in Utah with the chance to compete in two more World Superbike rounds as Tamada's replacement. Hacking has been drafted in to race at Misano, on June 21st, and at Donington Park, a week later. The American impressed the team with both his riding and his feedback, though some of his fellow competitors were less impressed by some of the rough passes Hacking put on them.

The official reason given by the team for the choice to replace Tamada with Hacking is to allow the Japanese rider to recover fully before returning to full time duty at the Imola test in mid-July, and then the Brno round 10 days later. But rumors have been emerging from the team almost from the start of the season that the team are not happy with Tamada, and that the rider has been forced on them by Kawasaki headquarters back in Akashi, Japan.

Jamie Hacking has been angling for a ride in the World Superbike series, and now that his best friend in the paddock Ben Spies is in the series, he has someone else putting his case for him. Spies has said numerous times that Hacking belongs in the WSBK series, and it is entirely conceivable that the support of the Texan has helped Hacking's case. Hacking is looking more and more like the next American to make the jump to the World Superbike paddock.

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Hacking, Zemke And Paris To Race At Utah World Superbike Round

As MotoGPMatters.com revealed last week, Jamie Hacking has been confirmed as Makoto Tamada's replacement at PBM Kawasaki for the US round of World Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah. The American - born in Oswaldtwistle, in the north of England - has seen action in the World Superbike series before, running as a wildcard in 1998 and 1999 at Laguna Seca, his best result a 7th place finish. However, Hacking has been one of the few riders in the world to make the Kawasaki ZX-10R truly competitive in Superbike racing, and Miller is a track where Hacking has an outstanding record. Hacking has a tough act to follow, after South African Sheridan Morais scored a 13th and 11th place finish in his World Superbike debut in Kyalami, and beating his team mate Broc Parkes.

Hacking won't be the only AMA rider acting as a replacement, as Jake Zemke has been called up to sub for John Hopkins. Hopper's recovery from the horrific crash at Assen - the second year in succession he's been savaged by the Dutch track - is proceeding well, but it is far too early for the American to start racing again. As a consequence, American veteran Zemke will be riding Hopkins' Stiggy Racing Honda. Zemke is currently riding a Honda CBR600RR in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class, and is the reigning champion in the now defunct AMA Formula Xtreme championship. Zemke raced a Honda CBR1000RR in AMA Superbikes from 2004 to 2007 with American Honda.

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Jamie Hacking To Replace Makoto Tamada At Miller WSBK Round

The World Superbike paddock has been welcoming an increasing number of Americans this year, with several riders following where Ben Spies has led. John Hopkins ousted Roby Rolfo at Stiggy Honda earlier this year, and after Hopper suffered a serious leg injury for the second year running at Assen, he was replaced by another American, Jake Zemke at Monza.

After the first corner pile up at Monza took out Brendan Roberts, Troy Corser, Max Neukirchner and Makoto Tamada, the need for replacement riders has become pressing, and yet more opportunities are being opened to American riders, especially with the US round of World Superbikes due to take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah two weeks from now. Jake Zemke looks to be almost certain to take the place of John Hopkins again, Zemke only missing from Kyalami because of a calendar clash with the AMA at Infineon Raceway this weekend.

Zemke and WSBK regular Ben Spies are to be joined by another American at Miller Motorsports Park: According to sources close to the PBM Kawasaki team, Jamie Hacking will replace Makoto Tamada in Utah, as the Japanese rider is still recovering from having a metal plate inserted in his hand after sustaining a wrist fracture at Monza. Hacking already has international experience, having replaced John Hopkins at Kawasaki during the 2008 USGP at Laguna Seca. More significantly, he is one of the very few riders on the planet capable of making the Kawasaki ZX-10R competitive, having campaigned it with relative success against Mat Mladin and Ben Spies in AMA Superbike last year. Elsewhere, the bike has had huge problems just scoring points, completely outclassed by the other bikes from both Japan and Italy.

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Yet More Of Jules Cisek's Laguna Seca Photos

No need for an introduction this time, just straight into more of Jules Cisek's fabulous photographs from Laguna Seca.

Typical Californian weather: foggy and cold

Laguna Seca MotoGP


You know you're in trouble when you have to use intermediates in the dry

Nicky Hayden at Laguna Seca on intermediates


Of course, if you had Bridgestones, the conditions didn't bother you

Casey Stoner at Laguna Seca 


Alex de Angelis, Qualifying, Laguna Seca


Laguna's front straight, not long, but still fast

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MotoGPMatters Desktop Images From Laguna Seca

As promised last week, here are some of Scott Jones' fantastic photographs from Laguna Seca for download as desktop images. The images are available in three sizes to suit most desktops: 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x800 and 1024x768. If you would like to see the images in other resolutions, let us know.

Laguna Seca Corkscrew

The Corkscrew: 1024x768 - 1280x1024 - 1280x800 - 1400x1050

The Corkscrew part 2 1280x800

Alex de Angelis and his rainbow helmet: 1024x768 - 1280x1024 - 1280x800 - 1400x1050


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News Roundup - Hacking Gets Laguna Wildcard, Edwards To Stay At Tech 3, Hayden Close To Ducati Deal

News coming in thick and fast prior to the Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring, as the MotoGP paddock assembles once again for the final leg of the summer slog.

First up comes official confirmation from Kawasaki that Jamie Hacking will replace John Hopkins at the US GP at Laguna Seca. The American - though British fan will claim him as their own, having been born in England - is currently the only man in the AMA Superbike series capable of taking the fight to Ben Spies and Mat Mladin. Hacking has already tested the Kawasaki in Japan for two days, but will have a lot of work to do once he gets to Laguna Seca. Roger Lee Hayden set the benchmark last year, finishing in 10th while running as a wildcard at Laguna, but with this year's Kawasaki not looking anywhere near as good as the 2007 bike, a top 10 finish looks out of the question.

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