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AMA American Superbike Daytona Results

Thursday, March 5, 2009
The inaugural AMA Pro Road Racing American Superbike race went off without a hitch and it was Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin who emerged victorious, proving yet again that it’s the rider not the bike that wins the race.
 
“I tried to go at the start but I couldn’t get down to the lap times that I thought I could,” said Mladin. Obviously its nice to get a win. We’re keeping that Suzuki win streak alive. We’ve got a bit of work to do still.”
Rockstar Suzuki s Mat Mladin.
Big surprise. Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin won the inaugural AMA Pro Road Racing's American Superbike class.

 
Compared to last year’s series, the new rules including the use of a spec tire and fuel has definitely made the racing much closer than in years past. Where last year the lead riders would simply check out and run their own race this year they’re going bar-to-bar for the entire distance of the race. There’s no doubt that the new rules package is sure to ensure a more entertaining race for fans.
 
At the start of the race it was Mladin with the holeshot on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, followed by Corona Extra Honda Racing’s Neil Hodgson, Foremost Insurance Ducati’s Larry Pegram, Yamaha’s Josh Hayes and Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates.
 
Mladin attempted to pull a gap on the rest of the 33 rider field early on but for all the time he’d make up in the infield, Daytona’s long banked straightaway allowed Hodgson and Pegram to close in. On Lap 4, Pegram made a double draft pass on Mladin and Hodgson for the lead.
 
Hayden continued to move right up the field and latched onto the top three riders while Hodgson took over the lead up front. Hayden continued to move forward past Pegram and lost out to Hodgson by the slimmest of margins at the checkered flag.
 
Pegram brought home his Ducati 1098R in fourth place some-10 seconds behind the lead trio. Fifth was the final Yoshimura Suzuki of Blake Young, with Ben Bostrom the top Yamaha finisher in sixth place.

AMA Pro Road Racing American Superbike Results presented by Parts Unlimited:

1. Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R1000
2. Neil Hodgson, Honda CBR1000RR
3. Tommy Hayden, Suzuki GSX-R1000
4. Larry Pegram, Ducati 1098R
5. Blake Young, Suzuki GSX-R1000
6. Ben Bostrom, Yamaha YZF-R1
7. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
8. Josh Hayes, Yamaha YZF-R1
9. Michael Laverty, Suzuki GSXR-1000
10. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
11. Jeff Wood, Suzuki GSX-R1000
12. Aaron Gobert, Honda CBR1000RR
13. Hawk Mazzotta, Suzuki GSX-R1000
14. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R1000
15. Jeffrey Tigert, Honda CBR1000RR



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Lawrence -Bummed out Canuck  March 21, 2009 11:40 AM
As a Canadian, I gotta say...........I'm bummed out. I'm sick of the cold, I haven't been on my bike on ages and spring season just won't show up quickly enough. So every year at this time I turn on my TV and take time to watch my favorite racer, Miguel Duhamel, rip around Daytona. It makes us Canadians proud. Now whether it's win or lose, I'll always be a fan, because I respect his conduct on and off the track. And lets face it..........all those guys are stinkin' fast. But with racers like Spies and Mladin still rippin' around it's gonna be harder every year to return to the glory days of Miguel's past. He (like myself) is getting older. How can one of the winningest racers of all time slowly find himself racing farther back in the pack and not let it bother him. He's naturally competitive, and I just wanna say, that regardless of the outcome, I'll always be a supportive fan. Just like I will be for the likes of Rainey, Doohan, Schwantz and Miguel Duhamel too. I just hope that we'd find a new shining star to arise from our country so we could have some great representation in the USA where the racing is the best.
Justin -Mat  March 9, 2009 08:11 AM
Mat did race in MotoGP and WSBK. I know it is just my opinion, but if he was that talented he would still be there. I'm not knocking on him, he is a great rider. I would also love to see Edwards come back to the AMA, but would he want to come back with all the crap rules. MotoGP is not perfect, but atleast they got it together. Can't wait to watch the race, thanks alot Speed. What else do you got to air, a talk show about NASCAR.
Patrick Brown -Mladin's #  March 6, 2009 04:20 PM
Why is it that Mladin now has #7 on his bike, when last year it was "6" to represent how many championships he had won??
Dustin -Mladin  March 6, 2009 10:11 AM
This just shows how good Mladin really is. People kept saying it was the bike, now they've just confirmed that he and Spies really were just that much better. Mat should be in WSBK or MotoGP, that's the only way they're going to make AMA Superbike anything but at race for second. Maybe Edwards will end up back over here on a factory R1, at least he could make it interesting again. He's not the best rider in the world, but he's got at least as much talent as Mat, and much more than the rest of those guys that just chase his Suzuki every race.
Brian -AMA Superbike  March 6, 2009 08:04 AM
This all seems a bit ridiculous, first off I think we all can agree NASCAR sucks. I do understand the new rule package with spec fuel and tires. Maybe to really make the bikes equal DMG should impose a hp/weight spec. That way all the bikes are similar. Second, Mladin is really a fantastic rider and with Spies they really took AMA SBK to another level. The rest of the field was just there for support. It's ironic that racing success, in the form of Yoshimura Suzuki, has resulted in an unsuccessful series. MotoGp had a little problem with this in the hands of Rossi. Interest waned then he had a rough couple of seasons. As Rossi charged back to the top combined with new champions brought into the fray people started watching again! Everybody loves a hero but not for too long. They want to see that hero fail and rise to the top again. This is what champions are made of and reminds us all they are human. I don't envy the position Mladin is in but I have the upmost respect for him and his ability. It just sucks for us that he is so good.
The Canadian DAN -AMA Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin CUP...............  March 6, 2009 07:13 AM
Are we going to see another year of AMA Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin CUP.......... Wolrd SuperBike is the show to look at, and plus Ben Spies wining in his first weekend.......
bob -DAYTONA bike week  March 6, 2009 06:47 AM
It looks like us bikers have to take a back seat to NASCAR again!!!!!!!!! The best racing in the world & SPEED is too cheap to put it on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!
Twisted -formulas  March 5, 2009 10:06 PM
new rules will even the field to a degree but I feel its up to riders when it comes to getting up to speed.. Neil follows Matt to the hole? kinda says something about the younger riders abilities, as someone said, the masters were passed due to the dramatic drafting at daytona and the added power of the duc but when it came right down to it the cunning and skill of the master allowed him to set Pegram up like a bowling pin for top spot.. nothing makes up for experience and whit, you've got to know when to hold em, Pegram may have revealed his hand a little early or simply got beat on the river? either way equipment is pretty much level at this point, its up to the riders now...
Jester -The "new" deal  March 5, 2009 06:35 PM
1. Mat Mladin (Suz GSX-R1000), 15 laps 2. Neil Hodgson (Hon CBR1000RR), -1.027 seconds 3. Tommy Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -1.028 4. Larry Pegram (Duc 1098R), -10.117 5. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), -16.008 6. Ben Bostrom (Yam YZF-R1), -16.213 7. Aaron Yates (Suz GSX-R1000), -16.363 8. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), -28.358, ran off track 9. Michael Laverty (Suz GSX-R1000), -28.433 10. Geoff May (Suz GSX-R1000), -31.584 10th place is 38 seconds behind. Come on, you call that an improvement? World Superbike has the top fifteen covered by apx. 2 seconds. All this DMG deal has amounted to is a huge headache. Oh well, maybe the first 3 raced a good race. I'll have to watch to find out. Oh WAIT! I can't even do that for two weeks according to Speed's "new and improved sbk coverage! Thanks a lot, @$$holes!
Digger -Daytona Results...  March 5, 2009 03:43 PM
So all this new NASCARized rule fiddling really changed things? Mladin and Suzuki still won as usual. What was Mladin's margin at the finish? This article doesn't mention it. It does mention however that Pegram was 10 seconds back in 4th. That's 4th place people. How far back were the others? Sorry, the front of the grid is still fastest by a wide margin. Let's see what happens when they get to track where drafting isn't such a huge part of the racing. Mladin will be gone. So much for the new formula. What a waste. Note: Spies won the second WSBK race at Philip Island and he's a product of the old formula.