British-born AMA veteran Jamie Hacking was replacing Makoto Tamada who was out injured with a broken wrist following his Monza accident and with Aussie Broc Parkes now back to full fitness after a testing crash in the UK, the team were confident after qualifying for the final Superpole competition for the first time this season which saw Parkes and Hacking start from the second row of the grid.
Aboard the www.supercasino.com, Vent Axia and Kick Energy-backed Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, both riders ran well in the opening race before it was stopped and then in the restart, despite tyre problems towards the end, Hacking went on to record the team's best result of 7th place but after showing well in the opening stages, Parkes retired with an electrical problem late on.
Race two wasn't quite as successful as an altercation between the two team-mates on the opening corner relegated them down the order but 27-year-old Parkes battled back to claim an impressive 11th at the chequered flag and 37-year-old Hacking brought the machine home in 19th position after an eventful race.
Broc Parkes: "It's my first time here at Miller so when I walked the track on Thursday I was really happy to see that it's a track that I like with big open and flowing corners. I was really happy to get through all three Superpole sessions and start from the second row on the grid. I got good starts in both races but in the first race we had a few issues with tyres and then I had to pull out of the race with an electrical problem on the final lap. In race two we changed the tyres but I was hit in the first corner so I was dead last so had to try and claw my way back to a decent position as the bike was the best it's felt all weekend. Our times showed that we could have easily sustained a position in the top eight so I'm a bit disappointed that the results this weekend didn't reflect how good the team and the bike have been."
Jamie Hacking: "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 two 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. 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. 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."
Paul Risbridger, Team Manager: "It's been a really positive weekend for the team with a fantastic performance in qualifying from both riders. It was really encouraging to see the pace that the bike had and also our reaction to the tyres. We believed we had a good race set-up and could put in a solid top ten performance which was our objective this weekend but unfortunately the races didn't go our way. Jamie did a great job with a seventh position in race one and Broc put in a fantastic performance in both races, he just didn't have luck on his side with an electrical problem in race one and an incident on the first corner in raced two which were both not his fault."
The next round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship takes place in two weekends time (June 19/21) at Misano in Italy. (www.worldsbk.com)
AGGREGATE RESULTS RACE 1
7. Hacking (Kawasaki WSB) - 9 points (highest finish this year)
DNF. Parkes (Kawasaki WSB)
1. B. Spies (Yamaha WSB)
2. C. Checa (Ten Kate Honda)
3. M. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team)
4. R. Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda)
5. J. Rea (Ten Kate Honda)
6. M. Biaggi (Aprilia Racing)
7. J. Hacking (Kawasaki WSB)
8. J. Smrz (Guandalini Racing)
9. N. Haga (Ducati Xerox Team)
10. L. Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda)
FINAL RESULTS RACE 2
11. Parkes (Kawasaki WSB) - 5 points
19. Hacking (Kawasaki WSB) - 0 points
1. B. Spies (Yamaha WSB)
2. M. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team)
3. J. Rea (Ten Kate Honda)
4. M. Biaggi (Aprilia Racing)
5. R. Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda)
6. J. Smrz (Guandalini Racing)
7. S. Nakano (Aprilia Racing)
8. N. Haga (Ducati Xerox Team)
9. T. Sykes (Yamaha WSB)
10. S. Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati)