AMA Superbike Road America

June 7, 2008
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki s Ben Spies.
Rockstar/Makita/Toshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies took victory in Race 1 at Road America but he could not hold off his teammate and rival Mat Mladin in Race 2.

Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies won his seventh consecutive AMA Superbike race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Despite having a gnarly crash in this morning’s qualifying, he still set the fastest time and started the 16-lap race from pole position. Today’s win extended his lead in the points standings by 45 points.

“The weekend was really good,” Spies said. “Other than my throwing the bike down in practice this morning. It was a tough race, the pace was really hot.”

Behind Spies was his Rockstar teammate Mat Mladin who finished 8.786-seconds behind Spies. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking grabbed another podium finish with the Kawasaki rider finishing 10.575-seconds behind Mladin.

In the early stages of the race, American Honda’s Neil Hodgson battled with Hacking, but the Honda rider was unable to match the pace set by Hacking and had to settle for fourth place.

The most entertaining battle in the race was that between Hodgson’s teammate Miguel Duhamel, Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and factory Yamaha’s of Jason Disalvo and Eric Bostrom. The four riders routinely swapped positions with Duhamel making the pass on Yates for fifth position on the final lap.

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

Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki s Mat Mladin.
Rockstar/Makita/Toshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin took Race 2 and stopped SPies’ winning streak at seven.

AMA Superbike Race 2

Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin put an end to his teammate Ben Spies seven consecutive AMA Superbike race wins by beating him by 2.695-seconds at Road America on Sunday.

At the start of the race it was Mladin with the holeshot. Following him into Turn 1 was Spies, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking, factory Yamaha’s Eric Bostrom and American Honda’s Neil Hodgson.

In the early part of the race, Mladin and Spies battled back and fourth with Spies having the upper hand on the brakes into Turn 1. However Mladin seemed to be more comfortable in Turn 5 with the six-time champions being able to get in and out of the corner slightly faster than Spies. Hacking gave chase to the two Suzuki riders but by halfway point Hacking was unable to match their torrid pace.

“It was a good race for us,” Mladin said after the race. “We just tried really hard to get the win. I just had to keep pushing and try to get on top of Ben and get some more wins. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was a completely different bike today than it was yesterday. We gambled with a set-up change that helped us not lose time in certain areas of the track.”

Hodgson would ride a lonely race finish fourth with Bostrom finishing just over 3 seconds behind.

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

AMA Superstock by Dynojet

M4 EMGO Suzuki s Blake Young won his first-ever AMA Superstock race at Road America.
M4 EMGO Suzuki’s Blake Young won his first-ever AMA Superstock race at Road America.

After last weekends podium miss, Local boy and M4 EMGO Suzuki rider Blake Young turned things around winning his first ever AMA national race Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

“I saw Aaron was running a really fast pace, so I didn’t get too excited because I didn’t think I could catch him. Then, I saw I was getting closer to him,” said Young. “I didn’t think Elkhart was going to be that great for me but things really turned around in the race. It’s nice to get the win here at home in front of my friends and family.”

Taking second place was Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates who crossed the finish line just 0.220 seconds behind Young. Yates Jordan Suzuki teammate Geoff May who had qualified on pole position for the 10-lap race crashed on the warm-up lap and was forced to start the race from the back of the grid on his backup machine.

Roadracingworld’s Robertino Pietri got the final podium position over English rider, Alstair Seeley. Pietri’s third place finish is the best of his AMA career.

“It was fully wet at the beginning of the race and my visor was fogging a bit and at the end, even though it was drying out, I couldn’t really see,” said Pietri. “So it took me a while to get into a rhythm and the first few laps were a disaster. I knew I needed to relax, to remember to breathe and just calm down. So I did and I started to catch up to the front.”

AMA Superstock Race Results:
1. Blake Young, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
3. Robertino Pietri, Suzuki GSX-R1000
4. Alastair Seeley, Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Jake Holden, Honda CBR1000RR
7. Chris Peris, Suzuki GSX-R1000
8. Scott Jensen, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. David Anthony, Suzuki GSX-R1000

AMA Superstock Championship Points:
1. Aaron Yates, 203
2. Jake Holden, 181
3. Geoff May, 164
4. Blake Young, 144
5. Robertino Pietri, 142