2004 SBK Road Atlanta Sunday Results

September 5, 2004
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin was the dominant rider in Georgia this weekend. The Australian beat series rival Miguel Duhamel in both races. On the podium Sunday the two riders exchanged verbal un-pleasantries with each other.
Yoshimura Suzukis Mat Mladin dominated the entire weekend - Road Atlanta
If…Mat Mladin wins his fifth AMA Superbike Championship do you think Suzuki will offer him a ride on the new and improved MotoGP machine? He earned his eighth win of 2004 and 31st & 32nd of his career at Road Atlanta.

On Sunday, Mat did it again by stretching out a huge lead and keeping plenty of distance (and lappers) between himself and Miguel. Honda’s Ben Bostrom finished third again as well.

“The race obviously went well for us today, but I did push hard in the early laps and made a couple of little mistakes before it all started to fall into place,” said Mladin. “Once I was able to pass Miguel and then Ben, I settled in and put about a second gap on them. We kept it stable for a while before we got to the traffic and I did a really good job in being able to get past the backmarkers which allowed us to increase the size of the gap. It all worked out well as I was able to control the pace from about mid-race holding the gap in the three to four second mark and it all worked out.

“I didn’t really need to race against Miguel today,” continued the 32 year old Aussie, “as I felt that we had a motorcycle, that if we pushed hard I was confident of what it could do for 25-laps and I didn’t want to give away a race while I was thinking about the championship when we could do it without taking any serious risks. The bike was too good to settle for anything less than a win.”

With two races remaining it looks all but inevitable that Mladin will secure an amazing fifth championship – but then again, that’s why they race the race. Mat leads Zemke by 42 points heading into the final two rounds at Virginia International Raceway.

“This whole weekend we’ve been struggling quite a bit and we just couldn’t get a handle on it,” explained Zemke. “The biggest problem I had was grip. I just couldn’t get any grip. Same thing as yesterday. We were OK for about five laps and that was it. As soon as the tire started to drop off we were done. I’d be losing both ends just tipping it into the corners, tipping it in easy too. As soon as I’d get the bike to full lean angle I’d just lose both ends.”

Superbike Results:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
3. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
4. Jake Zemke (Honda)
5. Josh Hayes (Kawasaki)
6. John Haner (Suzuki)
7. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
8. Marty Cragill (Suzuki)
9. Eric Wood (Suzuki)
10. Geoff May (Suzuki)

Superbike Championship Standings:
1. Mat Mladin, 532
2. Jake Zemke, 490
3. Miguel Duhamel, 477
4. Ben Bostrom, 364
5. Geoff May, 344
6. Eric Bostrom, 336
7. John Haner, 312
8. Aaron Yates, 298
9. Eric Wood, 284
10. Josh Hayes, 267

Formula Xtreme
American Honda’s Miguel Duhamel nipped Jake Zemke at the line winning the penultimate round of the Lockhart-Phillips Formula Xtreme series at Road Atlanta and clinching his first FX championship.

“Every race win was earned, it was a really tough championship,” explained Duhamel in regards to the FX title fight with Zemke. “I’m just really happy to be a part of the Honda team. The CBR600RR won the championship and my guys worked really hard. We had a tough year against Jake for sure and I’m just really happy to be here.”

The only two riders in contention for the title put on quite a show. Following an epic final four laps it was Miguel stealing victory from Erion Racing’s Jake Zemke in the end.

“We had a really tough battle at the end there,” said Duhamel. “My hat’s off to Jake, he ran a really great race, gave me plenty of room, I tried to do the same.”

HMC Ducati’s Doug Chandler finished third ahead of Star School Suzuki’s Jason Pridmore.

Formula Xtreme Results:
1. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
2. Jake Zemke (Honda)
3. Doug Chandler (Ducati)
4. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki)
5. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
6. Mike Smith (Yamaha)
7. Opie Caylor (Suzuki)
8. Blake Young (Suzuki)
9. Heath Small (Yamaha)
10. Logan Young (Suzuki)

Formula Xtreme Championship Standings:
1. Miguel Duhamel, 358
2. Jake Zemke, 307
3. Aaron Gobert, 254
4. Vincent Haskovec, 231
5. Larry Pegram, 215
6. Jason Pridmore, 189
7. Heath Small, 173
8. Nathan Hester, 165
9. Perry Melneciuc, 152
10. Doug Chandler, 137

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