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Hacking caught out by different rules

Jamie Hacking believes he missed out on a top ten finish during the latest World Superbike Championship round at Misano after failing to understand the rules regarding the series' flag-to-flag regulation.

Hacking was one of the riders to make significant headway during the early stages of race one, rising as high as fourth as his rivals dived into the pit lane to change their bikes for the rapidly drying surface.

However, Hacking admits he wasn't clear on the rules, compared to those in the United States, meaning that when he pitted – three laps from the end – he would resume well outside the points.

“In the first race I wasn't clear on the rules regarding the tyres as in the States the tyres you start on are the one's you finish on so I didn't see the board telling me to pit until it was too late. That was really disappointing as I felt we could finish at least in the top ten.

“In race two I got a decent start but I tried to go a bit steady into the corners when it was crowded, so I didn't make the same mistake as in Miller. I lost some places so I was pushing hard and unfortunately ran into the back of someone later on and went off track. I was trailing in last and I could move only a few places forward. I'm really disappointed for the team and for myself and I just hope that I can make up some ground at the Donington race.”

Kawasaki SRT team-mate Broc Parkes, meanwhile, endured a weekend to forget after failing to make the second phase of Superpole for the first time this season.

“It's been a mixed bag kind of weekend for me. I was happy with Friday's fifth place but we struggled in Superpole to get a flying lap in and I missed sector two for the first time this year. The rain in race one obviously made conditions really difficult and we chose the wrong tyre, so I really struggled with grip as it dried up. By the time I changed tyres it was too late to make up any major ground.

“In race two I got a bad start and I still didn't feel like we had the right direction on the bike so really struggled in the corners. We tried so many things over the weekend but with little improvement. Battling in 17th place is really disappointing for me and the team so I can only hope that we have a better race in Donington.”


Tagged as: Misano , Kawasaki , superbikes , Parkes , hacking

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Marc - Unregistered

June 23, 2009 4:36 PM

Hacking doesn't suck. While I'll admit he's a little rough around the edges and probably not the smartest guy he's a good racer. His move up the line in the first race was good for his first time on the track. It's a bit harsh to compare him to Spies but put Spies on the same Kawi and he'd only do a little better than Hacking. Give Hacking a few races to acclimate to the bike, rules and tracks he'll probably surprise you on his competitiveness.

openpipes

June 23, 2009 4:19 PM

Hacking had worked into the top 6 or so BEFORE the riders in front of him pitted to switch bikes. This race seemed to have a very narrow window where switching bikes made sense: too early and you were sliding around on a wet track with slicks, too late and your rain tires were destroyed. Like Byrne, in hindsight Hacking waited too long to pit.



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