What do you do when a streak is broken? Start a new one. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin shook off yesterday’s fifth-place results by returning to race-winning form today in Race 2 at Infineon. Mladin parlayed pole position into a 0.734-second lead by the end of Lap 1 and never looked back in the wire-to-wire win. It his eighth victory in nine American Superbike races this year. Mladin holds a 79-point advantage over Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Tommy Hayden.
“It was a tough one today. I had nothing left out there at the end of the race. I just went as hard as I could on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and kept going and going and going. Towards the end, I just tried to keep it clean and that’s that,” Mladin said.
Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom grabbed second place on Lap 1 and never relinquished it, despite Hayden’s constant pressure. B-Boz and Hayden would even make a push on Mladin, trimming the Aussie’s two-second lead down to 0.608-seconds on Lap 18. It was Bostrom’s best finish of the year, and a strong showing for the Yamaha team after teammate Josh Hayes’ win yesterday.
Hayden hounded Bostrom the entire race but could never quite track him down and finished third. T. Hayden’s second and third-place finishes
this weekend were good enough for him to maintain second in the championship standings with 189.
“It was good to get two podiums this weekend. I kind of bounced back after a couple of rough races and I feel like we’re going in the right direction now. Today, it was a hard race. From the beginning, I got a pretty good start and I was just trying to hold on. It was tough to run the pace but towards the midway point, it got a little easier,” Hayden said.
Hayes finished out a solid weekend with a fourth-place finish today. Hayes, Ducati’s Larry Pegram, and Suzuki’s Geoff May would dice it out for the middle positions, with Hayes winning out to join the lead pursuit pack.
Team Foremost Pegram Racing Ducati’s Larry Pegram used a great launch to jump into fifth from tenth on the first lap. Unfortunately, he could never improve on that position and finished in fifth place.
Taylor Knapp/MDK Racing’s Taylor Knapp, Fly-racing’s David Anthony and Corona Extra Honda’s Neil Hodgson diced it out most of the race for the last three spots on the top ten. Knapp would eventually get the nod over Anthony, earning seventh place for his efforts. Anthony finished eighth, with Hodgson falling off pace in the last laps and finishing in ninth.
Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates experienced mechanical difficulties early and suffered a disappointing DNF after pitting on Lap 6.
Holden Racing’s Jake Holden pulled in on Lap 8 and never returned to the race. Roadracingworld.com’s Chris Ulrich also called it a day early in the race, crashing out on Lap 3.
American Superbike Infineon Race 2 Results:
American Superbike Race 2 podium (left to right): Tommmy Hayden with third, Mat Mladin taking the win, followed by Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom in second.
1.Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) +1.833
3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) +4.551
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) +13.136
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati) +24.462
6. Geoff May (Suzuki) +29.714
7. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) +46.022
8. David Anthony (Suzuki)+ 48.056
9. Neil Hodgson (Honda) +1:03.456
10. Ryan Elleby (Yamaha) +1:12.485
11. Scott Jensen (Suzuki0
12. Aaron Gobert (Honda)
13. Cory Call (Suzuki)
14. Hawk Mazzota (Suzuki)
15. Mark Crozier (Suzuki)