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2009 AMA Pro Road Racing - Barber Photo Gallery

2009 AMA Pro Road Racing at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama Photo Gallery, including American Superbike, Daytona SportBike and SuperSport racing.

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Riding the No. 31 Ridersdiscount.com/Woodcraft Yamaha YZF-R6, Carter chased down Wikle on Lap 4 and claimed the lead from the Suzuki rider on the short straightaway between Turns 6 and 7.
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'It was a really good race. It was pretty wet at the start of the race. I think we were all still getting our feel for it, so I wasn't out there right at the start, but I got a pretty good feel for it halfway through the race, put my head down and got by quite a few guys'
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Yamaha's Ben Bostrom(2) and Joshua Hayes(4) kept the Suzuki riders Mat Mladin(7) and Blake Young(79) at bay in the opening laps of Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park.
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Bostrom managing to get ahead of Mladin in the early laps. The Californian had proved his speed earlier in April at the official Infineon test as the fastest Superbike.
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Mladin began a hard charge to take Bostrom's lead in Lap 5.
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By Lap 6 hopes of an upset were dashed as Mladin was back in control and motoring uncontested to a steady win in Race 1 of American Superbike in Alabama.
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As Mladin opened the gap a three-man race for second raged behind, with Young, Bostrom and Hayden all vying for the position. Yamaha's Josh Hayes would close in to cap-off the top five.
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Meanwhile National Guard Jordan Suzuki rider Geoff May(54) would try but fail to pass Larry Pegram as the Ducati powered to sixth in Race 1.
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Corona Extra Honda's Jake Holden(100) came in eight as the best CBR1000RR rider for Race 1.
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Mat Mladin (Suzuki), 1st: 'At the start of the race, the boys were having a bit of a go and I was trying to get a feel for the new 2009 Suzuki with a full tank of gas and a few laps in. I had a bit of a look at what the other guys were doing and made my way through.'
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American Superbike Race 1 podium (left to right): Ben Bostrom in 3rd, Mat Mladin with the win, Mladin's Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Blake Young with second.
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Mladin (7) snuck past Hayes (4) for the lead and his teammate Blake Young tried to follow but the two riders made contact with Blake Young crashing out of the race. Young’s crash brought the Honda safety car out allowing the rest of the field to queue behind Mladin.
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Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates (23) would pass Ben Bostrom (2) and Josh Hayes to finish second behind Mladin.
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Ben Bostrom would also pass teammate Joshua Hayes to slip into second in Race 2 in Birmingham.
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Things were kept clean between the teammates, with Bostrom edging out Hayes for the final podium spot
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National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May passed Ducati rider Larry Pegram to slip into fifth behind Joshua Hayes.
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Despite a strong charge by the Corona Extra Honda rider Lake Holden he could not get past Larry Pegram.
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Aaron Yates took a stong second on his new 2009 GSX-R1000 in Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park.
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Aaron Yates, 2nd: 'It’s great to be on the podium again, it’s been a while. We only got the 2009 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 a few weeks ago and we’re still getting it sorted out. But I’m feeling pretty good about the bike, and it’s running pretty good. It just feels great to get back up on the podium and show how hard the Jordan Suzuki guys are working.'
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Bostrom snagged his second podium finish for the weekend with another third in Race 2.
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Mladin (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) has been perfect in 2009, winning the first seven American Superbike features of the season, sweeping the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama with another win in Race 2.
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In the opening laps on Daytona SportBike Race 1, Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking was up front.
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Josh Herrin (8) took the lead brom Jamie Hacking (88) in the second lap of Race 1 DSB.
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As Herrin took the lead Aprilia RSV1000 rider Chaz Davies moved up to challege Herrin, with the eventual 1-2 finishers, Cardenas and DiSalvo tussling over third.
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Cardenas then charged up through the ranks, moving into second on Lap 5, ahead of Davies and within a second of Herrin.
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It wasn’t long before both Cardenas and DiSalco's Suzuki maneuvered past Herrin for 1-2 in the running order, while Davies dropping out of contention – the British rider eventually finishing 28th.
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M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas takes Race 1 for Daytona SportBike.
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The Daytona SportBike Podium (left to right): Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking in third, M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas with the win, followed by teammate Jason DiSalvo.
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Sunday’s Daytona SportBike race got off to a late start after severe thunderstorms moved into the area. When the race finally got underway Cardenas and Hacking were outfront.
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Cardenas chased Hacking for much of the race, with the two riders well ahead of the rest of the field.
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On the final lap Cardenas moved his GSX-R600 past Hacking for the lead and immediately opened up a gap eventually taking the checkered flag over 2 seconds ahead of Hacking.
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Erion Honda’s Chris Peris (10) ran in third place for much of the race before crashing along with Dane Westby on the last lap.
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Martin Cardenas Sweeps the weekend at Barber and is now third in the standings with 142 points, just four points off the leader Jamie Hacking and 1 point behind Eslick.
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This made it that much easier for Richie Morris Racing’s Danny Eslick to secure the final podium position after a race long battle with Aprilia’s Chaz Davies and Eslick’s teammate Michael Barnes with Eslick acing them both by less than a second at the line.
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Dani Eslick: 'It was definitely a surprise, I was running just a little better than the top 10 and picked a couple of guys off, and was stuck in [a battle for] fifth going back and forth with Chaz (Davies). That was the pace that I was comfortable at and that was pushing it. We were all over the place, so I didn't want to crash and give a whole bunch of points away, I just wanted to finish and get through this weekend without losing too many points and move on. Third is awesome.'
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The Daytona Sportbike Race 2 podium (left to right): Buell's Dani Eslick in third, Suzuki's Martin Cardenas with the win, and Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking in second.