2005 Superbike VIR Saturday Results

August 28, 2005
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.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki swept the superbike podium on Saturday with Mat Mladin leading Ben Spies and Aaron Yates across the finish line respectively. Mladin’s ninth win of the season moves him closer to an unprecedented sixth AMA Superbike title with only three races remaining.

Yoshimura Suzukis Mat Mladin - VIR
Yoshimua Suzuki’s Mat Mladin picked up the 41st win of his AMA career today at Virginia International Raceway.

“We had a few issues, what with the red flags,” said Mladin, “But my crew worked hard to get my Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 running good and I’d like to thank them for that. It was a long race and an interesting race, for sure, but it was good to be pushing hard for the whole race. I enjoyed that.”

However, Mladin’s win didn’t come easy, as the main event was stopped twice by red flags. The first came out when Lion Racing’s Jake Holden found himself sprawled out in the dirt and the second was a result of Hooter Suzuki’s Jimmy Moore crashing and then being run over by his teammate Eric Wood who then crashed himself.

On the final restart Mladin got a terrible jump off the line and found himself in ninth heading into the first turn. But the resilient rider showed why he is the dominant force in the series by tracking down and passing race-leader Spies with seven laps remaining. The two diced it out before Spies opted to back down and not force the issue once things started to get a little rough and tumble between the two. Their teammate Aaron Yates muscled his way past American Honda’s Jake Zemke on the final lap to make it an all Suzuki podium.

“The thing’s working a whole lot better,” explained 4thy place finisher Jake Zemke. “It’s still a little bit hard on the tires. I definitely was starting to slide around quite a bit on the front and the rear. We were starting to reel in (second placed Ben) Spies and I was thinking, ‘Man we might be able to catch him before the end here.’ I was just catching lappers wrong and catching lappers wrong and catching lappers wrong. I just kept getting them in all the wrong spots. And that allowed Aaron (Yates) to suck right up to us. I was basically a sitting duck at that point.”

Formula Xtreme
American Honda’s Miguel Duhamel led almost every lap of the Lockhart-Phillips Formula Xtreme race with his teammate Jake Zemke battling him for position throughout the event. Privateer Robert made his way to the podium in third aboard his JensenKneedraggers.com Yamaha, 25 seconds behind the Hondas. The win moves the reigning FX champion to within five points of Zemke with one race remaining.

“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” explained Duhamel. “I’ve got to go out there and win everything I can, lead every lap, and a little bit in the.I wouldn’t call it panic, but definitely the time to do everything I can. It was really tight tracing and I did touch Jake up in turn 14, 14A, that right-hander going in. We were both on the brakes sliding. He started turning, which we had to do and we just touched and I was happy that it wasn’t too much of a big nudge or sent him off or anything like that. And then after that I just said come on, just get yourself together. Put some good laps down. And that’s what I did.”
Supersport & Superstock Qualifying
Yamaha’s Jason DiSalvo made his presence felt in both Supersport and Superstock qualifying on Saturday. First he claimed a seventh consecutive pole in Repsol Superstock and then followed that up with by earning pole in the Pro Honda Oils Supersport class despite having to make a trip to the local hospital after he caught and tore open his left leg on the track during practice in the morning.

Superbike Results:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
3. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
4. Jake Zemke (Honda)
5. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
6. Eric Bostrom (Ducati)
7. Josh Hayes (Kawasaki)
8. Marty Craggill (Suzuki)
9. Jeremy Toye (Honda)
10. Lee Acree (Suzuki)

Formula Xtreme Results:
1. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
2. Jake Zemke (Honda)
3. Robert Jensen (Yamaha)
4. Ben Attard (Kawasaki)
5. Michael Barnes (Suzuki)
6. Opie Caylor (Suzuki)
7. Nicky Moore (Yamaha)
8. Ryan Andrews (Ducati)
9. Mike Hale (Honda)
10. Trey Yonce (Yamaha)

Superstock Qualifying Results:
1. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha) 1:25.584
2. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:25.946
3. Damon Buckmaster (Yamaha) 1:26.144
4. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 1:26.303
5. Aaron Gobert (Yamaha) 1:26.427
6. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:26.461
7. Steve Rapp (Suzuki) 1:26.558
8. Jake Holden (Suzuki) 1:26.645
9. Michael Barnes (Suzuki) 1:27.078
10. John Haner (Suzuki) 1:27.133

Supersport Qualifying Results:
1. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha) 1:27.291
2. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:27.307
3. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:27.876
4. Ben Attard (Kawasaki) 1:27.990
5. Chris Perris (Yamaha) 1:28.086
6. Ben Spies (Suzuki) 1:28.134
7. Robert Jensen (Yamaha) 1:28.142
8. Aaron Gobert (Yamaha0 1:28.174
9. Damon Buckmaster (Yamaha) 1:28.272
10. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:28.484