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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But I've heard Hacking speak. That is not what a man from Oswaldtwistle is supposed to sound like. There's not much Anglo in Hacking's Anglo-American.

Whats funny is alot of folks in the NE Georgia/SE South Carolina area of the states have a accent that very much sounds like a Englishmens. It is really odd the first few times you hear it come from some fella in a jacked up 4x4 w/ a cowboy hat and dinner plate size belt buckle (LoL)

Ben Spies is WAY too easy to understand. Since the departure of Scott "Mr. Daytona" Russell pretty much all US riders have been sadly lacking in the horrible accent category. Seeing all the Brits and Aussies (I won't even mention Kiyonari or Fabrizio) with wonderful, thick accents, it's been pretty bland for us Yanks. Ben's alright, he's got a bit of twang but still, way too understandable. Jamie's accent isn't on the order of Scott Russell but he's closer to the NASCAR boys than most.

If I have to interpret the post race comments for my wife when Laverty or Crutchlow or Rea or the like are speaking then you all should have to deal with our boys too. LOL!

Get in there Hacker!

He had the best race position for a Kawasaki in a long time in race 1, but rode like an idiot in race 2. Took Scassa out while riding out of control and missed all kinds of corners. Hopefully that was out of character (I never watch AMA, so I don't know) and he can get a green bike somewhere near the front.