The American Superbike paddock will try to prevent the No. 7 Yoshimura Suzuki of Mat Mladin from starting a fresh wining streak when the riders take to Road America for Round 6 of the 2009 American Superbike Championship.
The AMA Pro Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader kicks off at Road America this weekend, marking the sixth round of the 2009 American Pro Road Racing series and the midway point of the 2009 AMA Superbike season. Mat Mladin (No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX- R1000) has been a nearly unstoppable force all year, having converted a flawless streak of pole qualifying positions into eight wins out of nine races so far. The Australian currently leads the Superbike Championship with 268 points, 79 points ahead of his second-placed teammate Tommy Hayden (No. 22), who has tallied four second-place finishes and two thirds. The dominate Yoshimura Suzuki team will also benefit from the likely return of their third rider Blake Young (No. 79), who missed the round at Infineon due to injuries sustained to his left fourth and fifth fingers while racing at Barber Motorsports Park. If Young returns it will be interesting to see if he can regain the form that brought him two consecutive second-places prior to the accident.
The Yamaha American Superbike duo of Ben Bostrom (No. 2) and Josh Hayes (No. 4) has collectively worked to mount a challenge to Suzuki over the last two rounds. Hayes ensured that the 2009 season would not be swept by Mladin by taking the win in Race 1 at Infineon. The consistent top-five finisher now sits in third with 160 points. Bostrom took a season best second in Race 2 of Infineon and now trails his teammate by 10 points in fourth.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki rider Geoff May had two solid podium runs the last time he raced the No. 54 GSX-R1000 at Road Atlanta. May currently holds fifth in the Championship points standings with 143 while his fellow Jordan Suzuki teammate Aaron Yates ranks seventh after taking fourth in Race 1 of Infineon on the famous No. 23 machine.
Larry Pegram, the lone Ducati rider in the paddock, continues to place among the leading riders and has positioned himself to move-up from sixth in the standings after securing a podium and fourth-place finish at Infineon.
Neil Hodgson will appear on the No. 100 Corona Extra Honda for the second round since the British rider returned to American Superbike action after two months of recovering from a motocross training injury. Jake Holden, who replaced Hodgen during his absence, will continue to race on a No. 59 CBR1000RR.
A total of 32 Superbike riders are expected to tackle the 4.05-mile Road America circuit. Both of the 13 lap ( 50 mile) Superbike races on Saturday and Sunday will start at 3 p.m. local time.
M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas is quickly gaining momentum in his campaign to win the 2009 Daytona SportBike series.
Team M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas (No. 36 GSX-R600) has won five of the last six races in the Daytona SportBike championship to take a firm control of the series with 203 points. The Colombian swept the last two rounds at Infineon and Barber and now leads Championship runner-up Jamie Hacking (No. 88 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) by 24 points. Hacking will be looking to secure his first victory for the season at Road America after a slew of podium and top-five finishes to date.
Geico Powersports RMR Buell rider Danny Eslick has fallen to third after losing some of the momentum that led him to a string of wins at the start of the season. The No. 9 Buell 1125R will be looking to reaffirm its potential as a title contender when it hits the track at Road America.
Yamaha’s full season Daytona SportBike rider Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) recovered his form following a streak of bad luck to take a podium on Sunday at Infineon. His 16-year-old teammate Tommy Aquino ran his season-best finish of fourth in the last race at Infineon and and hopes that momentum will continue at Road America.
Jason DiSalvo, who rides on Team M4 Suzuki alongside Cardenas, is fourth in the championship with 148 points and has taken the pole at the last three races. His eye is on a win after scoring two second-place finishes during the last two rounds.
Chaz Davies (No. 57 Factory Aprilia /Millennium Technologies Team Aprilia RSV) continues to lead the charge for Aprilia with a pair of fourth-place showings split between Barber and Infineon. Steve Rapp (No. 48 Bazzaz/Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha R6) achieved his first podium for year with a third-place finish at Infineon on Saturday.
In his first race of the season Roger Hayden finished second to Cardenas in Race 1 at Road Atlanta, showing the young rider has the potential to perform among the front-runners.
Also in the mix will be Erion Honda’s Jake Zemke and Kawasaki’s Roger Hayden, the former 600 stars struggling to regain their former AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme form in the new Daytona SportBike class.
Race 1 of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike kicks off at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday, with Race 2 starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Coverage of the four Road America races, as well as SuperSport and SunTrust Moto-GT highlights, will be broadcast on AMA Pro Prime Time on SPEED on Saturday, June 13th and Saturday, June 20th at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).