Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies hit the holeshot and never looked back in a convincing wire-to-wire win at Miller Motorsports Park Saturday in Race 1. Spies pushed his edge in championship points over Mat Mladin to eight while claiming his 15th career AMA Superbike victory.
Yoshimura Suzuki ace Ben Spies stormed to the holeshot and never looked back in claiming his 15th career AMA Superbike victory Saturday in Race 1.
“We got the holeshot and the first couple of laps, I actually made the same mistake in the same corner and was giving some time up. I had ‘+0′ on my board for the first few laps, but that was probably my team trying to make me go for it. I tried to keep it clean and the bike worked really good the whole race for sure. It was pretty much a picture perfect race,” Spies said.
Spies carried over the momentum from winning the pole yesterday by jumping out to a 1.481-second lead in the first lap. He continued to rip off fast lap times through the next few and opened up a gap that rival Mladin could never overcome.
Mladin got off to a slow start and quickly found himself down in seventh place. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider worked his way up to second by Lap 3, but by then Spies had opened up a comfortable gap and Mladin could only mirror his lap times without making up much distance. Tire problems in the later laps dashed any hopes of Mladin catching the young Texan who won by a 7.273-second margin.
“You can’t give up six seconds in the first couple laps to a guy when lap times are very similar. I pushed as hard as I could and we got to half race distance and I threw a couple chunks out of the rear tire and that was pretty much my day,” Mladin said.
American Honda’s Jake Zemke got off to a start similar to Mladin but was able to secure third place by moving past Kawasaki Energy’s Roger Hayden on Lap 7. Zemke’s bike ran hot in the early laps but cooled down enough for Zemke to make his move up from sixth to third. It was his third appearance atop the podium this season.
While Zemke and Hayden battled it out for third and fourth, their paddockmates Miguel Duhamel and Jamie Hacking fought for fifth and sixth place. Duhamel’s CBR1000RR held off Hacking’s Kawasaki ZX-10R at the flag.
Yamaha USA rider Eric Bostrom got off to a good start but suffered a severe crash on Lap 2.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden also enjoyed a good start but fell off the pace and settled for a seventh place finish. The top ten was rounded out by Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates in eighth, Yamaha USA’s Jason DiSalvo ninth with Corona Extra Honda’s James Ellison crossing the line in tenth place.
Miller Saturday Superbike Results:
1. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
2. Mathew Mladin (Suzuki) +7.273
3. Jake Zemke (Honda) +14.779
4. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki) +17.054
5. Miguel Duhamel (Honda) +23.804
6. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) +24.292
7. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) +29.496
8. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) +38.412
9. Jason Disalvo (Yamaha) +39.035
10. James Ellison (Honda) +41.391
Superbike Championship Points:
1. Ben Spies – 345
2. Mat Mladin – 337
3. Jake Zemke – 261
4. Miguel Duhamel – 250
5. Tommy Hayden – 249
It was a mad dash to the finish as Erion Honda’s Aaron Gobert beat reigning champ Josh Hayes by a scant 0.069-seconds, stopping Hayes’ win streak at four races. Chaz Davies pushed his YZF-R6 to a third place finish and was only 0.284-seconds off of Gobert’s winning pace. Davies scored his first career podium. Davies granted MCUSA’s Bart Madson an interview this week and perhaps Madson imparted some of his minimoto success on Davies to spur him on during his impressive effort at Miller. (Read Madson’s Ongoing Adventures of a Newbie V and you’ll see what I mean.)
Rounding out the top five was Attack Kawasaki’s Ben Attard and M4 EMGO Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas. Attard earned enough points to place him fifth overall in the Formula Xtreme championship points standings, moving ahead of Bobby Fong.
Miller Formula Xtreme Results:
1. Aaron Gobert (Honda)
2. Josh Hayes (Honda) +0.069
3. Chaz Davies (Yamaha) +0.284
4. Ben Attard (Kawasaki) +2.723
5. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) +3.127
6. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki) +10.179
7. Chris Peris ( Yamaha) +12.851
8. Ryan D. Elleby (Honda) +14.711
9. Cory West (Yamaha) +25.354
10. Ryan L. Andrews (Honda) +35.485
Formula Xtreme Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes – 211
2. Steve Rapp – 177
3. Aaron Gobert – 159
4. Larry Pegram – 130
5. B. Attard – 118