Jamie Hacking is hoping to get another chance at riding with the Kawasaki World Superbike team after a successful debut on home soil at Miller Motorsports Park.
The AMA Superbike rider was called upon to stand in for the injured Makoto Tamada at his local WSBK event, where he would proceed to qualify on the second row before claiming the team's best result in 44 races in seventh.
Hacking even ran as high as fourth at one stage before a red flag halted his rapid progress towards the front of the field.
However, while Hacking is aware his knowledge of the circuit certainly helped, he points out that his first time on the Pirelli-shod prepared Kawasaki ZX-10R went some way to counteract this.
"I've obviously had some experience at Miller before and some good results in the past on the Kawasaki so I was hoping coming into this weekend that the bike would be good and I was really happy that we were pretty fast from the start.
“I've not ridden on Pirelli tyres before and also I had to get used to the electronics but I was really happy to complete all three Superpole sectors and to start on row two next to Broc. I got a decent start in race one and was feeling really good on the bike and in a comfortable fourth place before the red flag came out but a seventh in the re-start was good.”
Hacking's hopes of an equally good result in race two lasted as long as the first corner when he was hustled down the order from eighth to 21st. His comeback ride would then be stymied by a collision with fellow Kawasaki rider Luca Scassa, which sent the Italian into retirement and the American bouncing across the grass.
“Race two I had an incident on the first corner as I had more entry speed than some of the guys around me and someone ran into me so I couldn't turn in so had to make my way out of the pack to try and save the bike. Having not raced with these guys I'm unfamiliar how some of them ride so I was really disappointed that this happened.
With countryman Ben Spies having tipped Hacking for a career in World Superbikes, the British-born rider is hopeful he will get another chance to shine this season.
“I'd like to have had a solid race result in race two but it wasn't to be, I just hope that I get the opportunity to come back and show my true potential."