AMA Superbike Miller Motorsports Park

May 31, 2008
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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His insatiable thirst for life is only surpassed by his monthly fuel bill. Whether rocketing on land, flying through the air, or jumping the seas, our Road Test Editor does it all and has the scars to prove it.

AMA Superbike - Makita Suzuki s Ben Spies - Miller Motorsports Park
Two-time AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies dominated the racing action at Miller Motorsports Park.

Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies won Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. When the green flag dropped it was an all-out drag race into Turn 1 with Spies out in front. In formation behind him was his Rockstar teammate Mat Mladin, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking, Factory Yamaha’s Jason Disalvo and American Honda’s Neil Hodgson.

On Lap 2, Hacking ran wide forcing him off track. He quickly re-entered but was out of the top-five. Moments later, Mladin lost the front tire while chasing Spies and low-sided. His bike cartwheeled through the air effectively destroying his GSX-R1000.

“I got out to a decent start–I though I heard something and I looked back and I saw that he [Mladin] wasn’t there,” Spies said.

With Mladin out the running order was: Spies, Hodgson, Yates, American Honda’s Miguel Duhamel, Disalvo and Hacking. However, Hacking was on the move and used the power of his ZX-10R to draft past Disalvo and Duhamel moving himself up to fourth position by Lap 5.

Three laps later, Hacking was all over the rear tire of Yates who was in turn right on Hodgson making it a three-way battle for second. Yates made an aggressive move on Hodgson and bumped Hodgson’s bike mid-corner. Unfazed, Hodgson stayed on the throttl–refusing to concede the position to Yates.

Hacking finally made the move past Hodgson on Lap 9 and began to pull a small but steadily increasing gap over

AMA Superbike Race 1 - Miller Motorsports Park
Monster Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking (2) leads AMerican Honda’s Neil Hodgson (100) during AMA Superbike Race 1.

Hodgson and Yates. Hacking would go on to finish second just 1.601 seconds behind Spies–a career best for the veteran rider.

“Today I had the best bike on the race track–which is something new for me,” mused Hacking. “I tried to hang with Ben and Mat but I got a little bit wide on that back straightaway,” said Hacking in reference to his off-track excursion.

Hodgson managed to hold off Yates’ advances bringing home his first-ever podium finish this season.

AMA Superbike Saturday Race 1 Results:
1. Ben Spies, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Jamie Hacking, Kawasaki ZX-10R
3. Neil Hodgson, Honda CBR1000RR
4. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. Miguel Duhamel, Honda CBR1000RR
6. Eric Bostrom, Yamaha YZF-R1
7. Jason Disalvo, Yamaha YZF-R1
8. Chris Peris, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. David Anthony, Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. Scott Jensen, Suzuki GSX-R1000

AMA Superbike Race 2 Report

AMA Superbike podium - Miller Motorsports Park
The AMA Superbike podium looked just like this after both races with Yosh Suzuki’s Ben Spies winning, Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking in 2nd and Honda’s Neil Hodgson 3rd.

Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies continued this season’s domination, winning Superbike Race 2 over Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking and American Honda’s Neil Hodgson. Today’s victory marked his sixth consecutive win, giving him a 39-point advantage in the series points’ total over teammate Mat Mladin.

Just like yesterday, Spies got the holeshot and was completely unchallenged for all 14 laps. This left Mladin, Hacking and Hodgson to battle for the other two podium positions. At the start of the race, Mladin seemed like he might have what it takes to ride with Spies, but by Lap 3 he started to fade slightly, looking like he had a front-end problem. This allowed Hodgson to get past, while Hacking would use the power of his ZX-10R to draft by Mladin two laps later.

Corona Extra Honda Racing’s Matt Lynn showed speed early on, running in fifth position ahead of Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and American Honda’s Miguel Duhamel. However, the Georgian rider would again crash out.

After Hacking got past Mladin, he set his sights on Hodgson and quickly caught up to him. Hacking tried to draft past Hodgson on the back straightaway, but Hodgson’s CBR1000RR was too fast. Instead, Hacking made a gutsy pass on the inside of Hodgson and began to pull away.

“I had caught up to Mat and saw he eased up a bit,” said Hacking. “I saw Neil pulling away from me and I put my head down and put in some pretty quick laps. By the time I caught up to Neil my tires were pretty shagged. I was just hanging on sliding around.”

Hacking tried to catch up to Spies, who was about four seconds ahead of him on Lap 8, but Spies in turn also turned up the pace and would go on to beat Hacking by a margin of almost 7 seconds.

AMA Superbike Sunday Race 2 Results:

Geoff May wins his first career AMA Superstock race - Miller Motorsports Park
Geoff May wins his first career AMA Superstock race at Miller Motorsports Park

1. Ben Spies, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Jamie Hacking, Kawasaki ZX-10R
3. Neil Hodgson, Honda CBR1000RR
4. Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Miguel Duhamel, Honda CBR1000RR
7. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
8. Jason Disalvo, Yamaha YZF-R1
9. Eric Bostrom, Yamaha YZF-R1
10. Chris Peris, Suzuki GSX-R1000

AMA Superstock Report – May Wins First!

Jordan Suzuki’s Geoff May won his first-ever Superstock race over his teammate Aaron Yates and Corona Extra Racing Honda’s Jake Holden.

“Man it’s been so long. It hasn’t even sunk in,” said May in regards to his first Superstock win. “I’ve been there so many times when its come down to the last lap. This guy next to me [Yates] inevitable always gets me. But I brought it home for Jordan Suzuki today.”

At the beginning of the 9-lap race it was M4 EMGO Suzuki’s Blake Young with the holeshot. Behind was May, Team Evan Steel Performance’s Chris Peris, Yates, Holden and’s Robertino Pietri.

May made his way around Young for the lead on Lap 2 while Young would receive the meatball flag for jumping the start. The running order after Lap 3 was May, Holden, Yates, Peris and the privateer Suzuki of David Anthony.

Yates shadowed Holden for the next three laps, eventually making a pass on him on Lap 7 and would hold onto the position at the checkred flag. Holden would again notch another podium finish while Peris and Anthony finished fourth and fifth.

“It was a good race we got a really good jump of the line,” said Yates. “I knew Geoff was going to be strong. He’s been going really good in practice and qualifying. Ya know little guys on big tracks are tough to beat.”

AMA Superstock by Dynojet Results:
1. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
3. Jake Holden, Honda CBR1000RR
4. Chris Peris, Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. David Anthony, Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Robertino Pietri, Suzuki GSX-R1000
7. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R1000
8. Ryan Elleby, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Ben Thompson, Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. Hawk Mazotta, Suzuki GSX-R1000

AMA Superstock Championship Points:
1. Aaron Yates, 170
2. Jake Holden, 156
3. Geoff May, 141
4. Chris Ulrich, 128
5. Robertino Pietri, 113

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