Hacking breaks through to win his first AMA Championship Veteran wins Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship presented by Shoei PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2003) -- September 21, 2003 will be a day Jamie Hacking remembers for the rest...
Hacking breaks through to win his first AMA Championship
Veteran wins Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship presented by Shoei
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2003) -- September 21, 2003 will be a day Jamie Hacking remembers for the rest of his life. That's the day the 32-year-old British born South Carolinian earned his first AMA title by winning the 2003 AMA Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship presented by Shoei. The factory Yamaha ace rode to a conservative fifth-place finish Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park to take the series win over teammate Damon Buckmaster by just 8 points. It was the closest finish in the Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship in three years and marked Yamaha's return to the Supersport championship for the first time in nine years.
Hacking has been a perennial front runner in AMA road racing competition since winning the pole, setting a track record and leading much of the race in his AMA debut in Phoenix in 1997, but this marks the first time he's been able to put together a championship-winning season.
"This is a dream," Hacking said. "Everybody wants to win a Supersport championship. So I've completed one goal. I want to hold that No.1 plate again. I want to be back on top. And we've got the bike to do it. It's been a long time for me. It's been six hard years of this, and I felt like I should've done this a while back in my career, but unfortunately I didn't. But I learned from my mistakes, and here we are today."
Hacking won four rounds of the 11-race series on his Yamaha R6 in a season that saw seven different Supersport winners, the most since 1998. Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden, who was third in the final standings, was the only other multiple race winner. Hacking took over the Supersport points lead after winning round two at California Speedway in April and never lost it, although Buckmaster shared the series lead for one race when Hacking crashed at Road Atlanta.
Hacking ended the 2003 campaign with 10-career victories in AMA Supersport, which ties him with Doug Polen for fourth on the all-time series wins list. Hacking's championship marked the fourth AMA Supersport title for Yamaha. It last won the series back in 1994 with Jamie James.
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