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American Superbike Fontana Race 2 Results

Sunday, March 22, 2009
Mat Mladin appears unstoppable in the new American Superbike class - Fontana American Superbike Race 2.
The Auto Club Speedway American Superbike Race 2 was the same 1-2 song and dance and Race 1 - Mat Mladin beating teammate Tommy Hayden
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin claimed victory in the second American Superbike race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The dominating AMA Superbike veteran extended his winning streak to three in the new American Superbike series, besting his teammate Tommy Hayden and third-place rider, Ducati’s Larry Pegram.

A red flag incident marred the beginning of the second Fontana American Superbike contest, but once things got underway it was no surprise that the pole position-winning Mladin was leading the pack. The usual front-runner was followed close by teammate Hayden and fellow GSX-R1000 riders, Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and Geoff May.

The second-place Hayden started closing on Mladin, however, with the two Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzukis opening up a gap on the remaining riders of about a half-second per lap. The two Suzukis up front left Yates, May and Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom to contest the remaining top-five positions.

Jordan Suzuki s Aaron Yates was fighting for a podium in the first half of the second American Superbike race  but fell to an eventual 10th - Fontana
Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates was fighting for a podium in the first half of the second American Superbike race, but fell to an eventual 10th.
Hayden managed to break up the Mladin pleasure cruise by taking the lead on Lap 7, but by Lap 10 it was business as usual - Mladin in the front position and getting ready to check out. With a half-second lead, the six-time AMA Superbike champ then put his head down and opened up a sizable multi-second gap over Hayden and motored to the finish unchallenged.

"We ran a little bit hotter pace today and it was a very good race overall for Rockstar Makita Suzuki," said Mladin after his third win of the young 2009 season. "It’s great to have Suzuki up here on top again with first- and second-place finishes. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki crew can take most of the credit for that. I show up for the weekend and have a great motorbike to race in the Suzuki GSX-R1000."

Behind the leaders, the Jordan Suzuki riders, Yates and May, began to fade – but Ducati’s Larry Pegram surged. In the final laps the 1098R rider had moved through the ranks and was tussling with May for the final rostrum position, eventually nipping Saturday’s third-place rider by a mere 0.213 at the finish.

Pegram surged in the final laps to overtake numerous riders for his third-place finish - Fontana
Pegram surged in the final laps to overtake numerous riders for his third-place finish.
“I wasn’t expecting to get on the box today, really. I just wanted to go out there and get some points and try to salvage the weekend, so getting on the box made it nice," said Pegram. "I just rode around at what I felt like was a comfortable pace and started catching the guys in front of me. I just started picking the guys off—get right on them and draft them up the front straightaway. My bike had good steam, and just one by one went by them."

Mladin’s advantage over Hayden at the line was more sizable, at just under nine seconds. But the eldest of the racing Hayden brothers has proven at Fontana that Mladin will have to earn his wins.

“It was shaping up to be a pretty good race, battling with Mat," said Hayden. "I got on the front straightaway and missed a couple gears. Overall, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 was very good. I had some issues with grip today, so it was a little harder for me to run with Mat. He had his head down today. It was a good weekend with two secondplace finishes. I got a little momentum going into Road Atlanta, and we’ll try to keep up what we’ve been doing.“

Following Pegram and May on the results sheet were Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom and Josh Hayes, although Hayes was almost 20 seconds off his teammate’s pace. The remaining top 10 was filled by GSX-R1000 riders, including the third Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Blake Young (ninth) and Jordan Suzuki’s Yates (10th).

American Superbike Fontana Race 2 Results:
American Superbike Race 2 podium featured the top two Rockstar Makita Suzukis  with Larry Pegram getting the Ducati 1098R up on the steps in third - Fontana
American Superbike Race 2 podium featured the top two Rockstar Makita Suzukis, with Larry Pegram getting the Ducati 1098R up on the steps in third.
1. Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Pegram (Ducati)
4. May (Suzuki)
5. Bostrom (Yamaha)
6. Hayes (Yamaha)
7. Knapp (Suzuki)
8. Anthony (Suzuki)
9. Young (Suzuki)
10. Yates (Suzuki)
11. Gobert (Honda)
12. Jensen (Suzuki)
13. Mazzotta (Suzuki)
14. Narbonne (Yamaha)
15. Higbee (Buell)
16. Haugo (Suzuki)
17. Graham (Yamaha)
18. Mizdal (Suzuki)
19. Stone (Honda)
20. Simon (Suzuki)
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DILIP MEGHWAL -for bike  June 28, 2009 09:09 PM
hey i want a new super bike but i cant afford it so any of the championship i want to participate in and win a super bike so frnds plz tell me i am waiting for you
Joey Fanatic -Corrections  March 29, 2009 09:11 AM
Tillery, I should add, that I do agree with you whole heartedly regarding everything else, and yes I do know it's not really a 600cc advantage, just exagerating trying to make the same point you were.
Joey Fanatic -Race Coverage & Racing  March 29, 2009 09:03 AM
Tillery, actually DMG did sign a contract with Speed Channel to screw us on race coverage. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/557/2566/Motorcycle-Article/AMA-Pro-Racing-Show-on-Speed-Channel.aspx Check your facts before you open your mouth and make a fool of yourself in the future. The coverage format sucks, we get to watch race 1 a week or two after it happens, and race 2 a week after that. The underlying reason is to try and force enthusiasts and viewers to attend the races rather than sit at home and watch them on tv, but in today’s economy I think that is a dire mistake and will only prove to sink AMA Pro Racing (DMG) further in the muck they are currently mired in. Add to that the fact that AMA Pro Racing WILL NOT be involved in the FIM World SBK weekend at Miller this year, due to their inflexibility to cooperate with FIM on race day scheduling conflicts. Really, which race are enthusiasts going to attend ? BTW that was a rhetorical question; the undeniable answer is World SBK, which is the only real Superbike series left. The competition in American Superbike is looking better than ever, and despite the fact that I am not happy with the rule changes, I am enjoying the competition and multiple manufacturers representing fairly well. Neil did great on a Honda at Daytona, Larry is showing well on the Ducati, and Ben and Josh are proving the Yamaha will show well after some further development. The competition in Daytona Sport Bike is proving that a 600+ cc advantage for the Buell is a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong Danny is a great rider, a great competitor, and a great character to have in the series, and I won’t deny he deserves to have his day in the sun. I am just wondering when DMG will mandate a restrictor plate for the bike. Honestly I think Danny would be a front-runner on almost any bike in the field, but combine his talent, drive, and desire with the torque and HP advantages of the Buell, and I think it is a bit too much to maintain a "Sporting" aspect to the series, but he rest of the class seems to be fairly well matched. In reality I cant blame Buell for negotiating the exception, and then putting together a great team, with the experience of the Old Dog Barney, and the talent of the Young Gun Eslick, they have a great team, but I think we will see a runaway series without modifications to the rules/regulations.
Tillery River Rat -DMG running AMA  March 25, 2009 06:18 AM
Mat is the best rider in America, no matter what bike or series he is in. Ben Spies has proven in world that he is as good as Mat. Quit complaining to Speed! DMG did not sign a contract with Speed to show the races. Speed is in the business to make money and not to please us. If you think it is boring to see Mat win in superbike, what do you call it when a 1125cc 140hp buell walks off and leaves everyone in the 600cc 105hp class. That is far from exciting racing and not nearly as equal as Superbike. That bike needs to be in the superbike class and not supersport.
NAF -Team Yoshimura Dominance  March 25, 2009 05:28 AM
The Canadian Dan and Giulio Ongaro, Ben Spies won the past 3 championships from 2006-2008 with "Team Rockstar Makita Yoshimura" and Mladin won from 2003-2005 not to mention 3 more prior to that with the same team. Therefore I do not understand the point you are trying to make? Maybe you two are trying to say if Ben Spies was still in AMA there would be less to complain about since Mladin was runner up to him the past three years??? The bottom line is there are still good riders in AMA Superbike like Ben Bostrom, Larry Pegram, Tommy Hayden and ex-Yoshimura rider Aaron Yates but their teams need to find a way to challenge Team Yoshimura and their riders.
The green box man -No coverage  March 24, 2009 11:39 PM
I know I am sick of not being able to watch the dang race!
Yoda -AMA Superbike  March 23, 2009 11:59 AM
All AMA's efforts are geared toward slowing liter machines. The tracks aren't conducive to liter bike speeds. There are no racers competitive enough to compete with Matt Mladin. A joke, AMA superbike is. Interesting racing, does not this make.
Brian -Superstock w/ Traction Control? SPEED Sucks!  March 23, 2009 07:17 AM
So is this year's SBK class basically superstock with traction control with new master cylinders and brake disks allowed? I think the new rules are good and as a result the racing is closer. But you can't blame the AMA for Matt's ability as a racer. I WILL, however, bitch about SPEED's stupid new coverage of these races. It really, really sucks that I have to wait until this coming Saturday night to see highlights from these races after already knowing the results today. Is there any other place to see these races? Maybe on-line. I'm almost ready to lead the boycott of SPEED or should I call it NASCRAP central?
The Canadian Dan -Fu!$%? AMA Mladin CUP...........  March 23, 2009 05:12 AM
I told all my friend`s this year would be the same like the last 4 years in AMA, a F/$%$? Suzuki Mladin CUP....... This series is getting boring. Maybe they should just kill the Superbike series, and just keep SuperSport and SuperStock has the top series........
Nic Solberg -Great Photo  March 22, 2009 08:48 PM
Race results and opinions aside regarding the 1-sided nature of AMA racing, yet again... that's a great photo of Mladin's pucks in the grass.
Giulio Ongaro -Superbike races  March 22, 2009 07:41 PM
Why do they bother having the Superbike championship? Just hand the trophy to Mladin. Race 1 there was an advantage of 13 seconds over the third, this time 9 second over Hayden... It makes for an awfully boring championship season. At least there is World Superbike with Ben Spies!!!! Go Ben!
Jim Woj -Superbike Race Coverage  March 22, 2009 05:28 PM
Thanks for your reports on AMA Superbike Racing. The AMA website is like Lucas electronics. SPEED has forgotten us bike fans,except for supercross. If you don't mind waiting two weeks and sitting up to the wee hours of the morning you might get some highlites. Thanks Again!