Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking has decided not to race the ninth round of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas citing safety issues.
Hacking met with AMA officials to explain his withdraw and then met privately with Heartland Park Track Owner Raymond Irwin to discuss areas of concern around the track.
"I was introduced to Raymond (Irwin) and had the chance to go over a track map with him," said Hacking. "I think that he really respected my concerns and was very receptive to my suggestions."
Hacking will still take part in the autograph session during the fan party on Friday night.
"We support Jamie in his final decision," said Kawasaki’s Road Race Team Manager Mike Fisher. "Jamie is an experienced racer and has always been an advocate for track safety."
Teammate Roger Hayden plans on competing and will finalize his qualifying position during Saturday’s final session.