American Superbike Barber Race 2 Results

May 3, 2009
Adam Waheed
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Mladin  7  snuck past Hayes  4  for the lead and his teammate Blake Young tried to follow but the two riders made contact with Blake Young crashing out of the race. Youngs crash brought the Honda safety car out allowing the rest of the field to queue behind Mladin.
Surprise, Surprise. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin won American Superbike Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park. The win would be his 7th this season.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Mat Mladin racked up another win in American Superbike Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. His Sunday win would give Suzuki their 53rd consecutive Superbike racing win and allows the GSX-R1000 motorcycle to remain undefeated in American Superbike racing.

“We found some stuff out this morning in the warm-up and I had a completely different motorcycle in the afternoon,”
Mladin said. “I was able to run some lap times that were very similar to this morning, even with the wet conditions of the track and that’s pretty good. Now we’ll go to Infineon and see if we can get another one.”
 
The shortened 16-lap race got underway well past its scheduled start time due to area thunderstorms. When the race did begin it was Yamaha’s Josh Hayes out in front, followed by Mladin, his teammate Blake Young, the other Yamaha R1 of Ben Bostrom and Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates.
 
Mladin snuck past Hayes for the lead and Young tried to follow but the two riders made contact with Young crashing out of the race. Young’s crash brought the Honda safety car out allowing the rest of the field to queue behind Mladin.
 
When the race restarted Mladin led the remaining laps completely unchallenged taking the checkered flag almost 3-seconds ahead of Yates.
 
“It’s great to be on the podium again, it’s been a while,” said Yates. “We only got the 2009 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 a few weeks ago and we’re still getting it sorted out. But I’m feeling pretty good about the bike, and it’s running pretty good. It just feels great to get back up on the podium and show how hard the Jordan Suzuki guys are working.”

Things were kept clean between the teammates  with Bostrom edging out Hayes for the final podium spot
Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom (2) finished the weekend on the podium twice in American Superbike at Barber Motorsports Park. He is seen above passing teammate Josh Hayes. 
Mladin  Rockstar Makita Suzuki  has been perfect in 2009  winning the first seven American Superbike features of the season  sweeping the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama with another win in Race 2.
Mladin (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) has been perfect in 2009, winning the first seven American Superbike features of the season, sweeping the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama with another win in Race 2.

Bostrom would edge out Hayes for the final podium spot and National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Geoff May would finish in fifth, ahead of Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram. Corona Honda’s Jake Holden who is substituting for the injured Neil Hodgson finished seventh with the final Rockstar Makita Suzuki of Tommy Hayden in eighth.

Hayden had this to say after the race: ” It was just an awkward day today. Once we got out on the track, it was a struggle with all the wet spots and I had a hard time feeling comfortable. It felt very slippery and I couldn’t get into a good rhythm. It was getting a little better as the race went on, but not good enough.”

American Superbike Barber Race 2 Results:
1. Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
3. Ben Bostrom, Yamaha YZF-R1
4. Josh Hayes, Yamaha YZF-R1
5. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Larry Pegram, Ducati 1098 R
7. Jake Holden, Honda CBR1000R
8. Tommy Hayden, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Taylor Knapp, Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. David Anthony, Suzuki GSX-R1000
11. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R1000
12. Scott Jensen, Suzuki GSX-R1000
13. Aaron Gobert, Honda CBR1000RR
14. Mark Crozier, Suzuki GSX-R1000
15. Jamie Page, Yamaha YZF-R1


American Superbike Barber Motorsports Park Race 2 Rider Quotes

Mat Mladin – Rockstar Makita Suzuki – 1st
“It’s good to get seven AMA Superbike wins in a row. Now we’ll go to Infineon and see if we can get another one. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 worked great today. We found some stuff out this morning in the warm-up and I had a completely different motorcycle in the afternoon. I was able to run some lap times that were very similar to this morning, even with the wet conditions of the track and that’s pretty good. I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress with the new 2009 bike this weekend.”

Aaron Yates – Jordan Suzuki – 2nd
“It’s great to be on the podium again, it’s been a while. This weekend has been up and down for us. We only got the 2009 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 a few weeks ago and we’re still getting it sorted out. But I’m feeling pretty good about the bike, and it’s running pretty good. It just feels great to get back up on the podium and show how hard the Jordan Suzuki guys are working.”

Geoff May – National Guard Jordan Suzuki – 5th
“Considering we didn’t think we were going to race today, I’m happy to get out of here with third in the points. The track was really tricky and after the Safety Car I wasn’t able to get
back into the early race rhythm I had. I’m glad to get out of here with good championship points

Despite a strong charge by the Corona Extra Honda rider Lake Holden he could not get past Larry Pegram.

and lots of information on the new National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R.” 

 Jake Holden – Corona Extra Honda – 7th
“Just needing another lap! I was starting to get comfortable on the bike in the second race and though the track was a bit sketchy in places was able to get my head down and catch Larry (Pegram) and have a go for the position but just ran out of time. Still it was really close at the end!”

Tommy Hayden – Rockstar Makita Suzuki – 8th
“It was just an awkward day today. Once we got out on the track, it was a struggle with all the wet spots and I had a hard time feeling comfortable. It felt very slippery and I couldn’t get into a good rhythm. It was getting a little better as the race went on, but not good enough. It was unfortunate, but at the end of the day, I think I’m in a pretty similar position in the points as far as the gap behind me, so that’s a positive. Also, I did learn a lot with the new Suzuki that I think we can put to use in the next race.”

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