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American Superbike Road Atlanta Race 2

Sunday, April 5, 2009
Mat Mladin trailed by Joshua Hayes  Larry Pegram  and Ben Bostrom at the start of Race 2 of American Superbike - Road Atlanta.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mat Mladin is on pace to run the table in the American Superbike series without the talent of Ben Spies around to keep him honest.
Mat Mladin used pole position to grab an early lead and never looked back in a wire-to-wire win today at Road Atlanta, wrapping up a double podium weekend for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider. By the time the Australian rider posted his best time of 1:25.672 on Lap 2 the race was pretty much over. He pushed the gap wider, averaging about a second a lap until he had over a 10-second advantage by Lap 11.

"I had a bit of a tumble in practice this morning and, as usual, my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team got the bike together for me and ready for the race. It was a good race for us; we had a bit of a crack at it and put in some good laps. Around lap 10 or 11, I was trying to figure out whether I should keep pushing it, but my boys get a bit nervous when I do that. I figured I'd pushed my luck today enough already so I just decided to have a bit of fun at the end of the race," Mladin said.

Aaron Yates 23   Geoff May 54   Blake Young 79   and Josh Hayes 4  had a tight race for the remaining top 5 spots after Mat Mladin swept Race 2 of American Superbike - Road Atlanta.
Aaron Yates(23), Geoff May(54), Blake Young(79), and Josh Hayes(4) fought a tight race for the remaining top 5 spots after Mat Mladin swept Race 2 at Road Atlanta.
A late push by a pack consisting of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young, National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Geoff May and Yamaha’s Josh Hayes made Mladin’s 4.199-second win appear closer than it really was.

The real battle would be waged for second place. Hayes and Young would dice it out in the earliest stages of the race until a hard-charging May passed them both on Lap 12. Mays led the surge to close the gap on Mladin and looked destined to grab second-place points before Young executed a draft-pass on the final lap and held on for the first podium of his Superbike career. May earned the final podium position, crossing the line 0.177-sceonds behind.

"I got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and after a few laps, Geoff (May) came by with some good pace. I definitely jumped in and tried to see where he was a little bit better than me. I've got to give a 'heads up' to my guys for giving me the best motorcycle I've had all weekend long. We never took a step back at all this weekend, everything was going forward," Young said.

Privateer Suzuki rider Taylor Knapp  44  and Jake Holden  100  once again found themselves battling for position in the second race  with Knapp finishing two places in front of Holden at American Superbike - Road Atlanta.
Privateer Suzuki rider Taylor Knapp(44) and Neil Hodgson's replacement Jake Holden(100) once again found themselves battling for position in the second race, with Knapp finishing two places in front of Holden for a solid seventh place.  
Hayes would bring the YZF-R1 home in fourth place, followed by Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s third rider, Tommy Hayden was also in the mix for the middle positions, settling for sixth place after dueling with Yates and Hayes for much of the race.

Privateer Suzuki rider Taylor Knapp had a good showing and finished in seventh-position. Ben Bostrom was the second Yamaha rider to break the Suzuki stronghold on the top ten, finishing eighth-fastest, followed by the top Honda finisher, Jake Holden, who brought his Corona Extra Honda CBR1000RR home in ninth place.

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram grabbed the final slot in the top ten.

The victory is Mladin’s 77th career win, and it is the 14th time he has stood atop the podium at Road Atlanta. The question now is will Mladin run the table in American Superbike this year?

Mat Mladin once again took the top spot in Race 2  with Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Blake Young taking second and Geoff May with twin third-places for American Superbike - Road Atlanta.
Mat Mladin once again took the top spot in Race 2, with Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki teammate Blake Young taking second and Geoff May with twin third-places at Road Atlanta.
American Superbike Race 2 Results –
1. M. Mladin (Suzuki)
2. B. Young (Suzuki) +4.199
3. G. May (Suzuki) +4.376
4. J. Hayes (Yamaha) +6.894
5. A. Yates (Suzuki) +7.338
6. T. Hayden (Suzuki) +7.748
7. T. Knapp(Suzuki) +16.459
8. B. Bostrom (Yamaha) +19.974
9. J. Holden (Honda) +23.784
10. L. Pegram (Ducati) +31.370
11. D. Anthony (Suzuki)
12. C. Ulrich (Suzuki)
13. A. Gobert (Honda)
14. H. Mazzota (Suzuki)
15. S. Jensen (Suzuki)

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Crazy Larry -New game!  April 25, 2009 09:02 AM
Has anyone played ( BOB ) on the Newhart show ? Every time they say Mat Maladin take a drink, it makes it a lot easier to watch!!!!
James, the Canadian (who can also spell) -Why is this guy still here?  April 13, 2009 11:22 AM
Come on now, Mladin - go and pick on kids your own size. Seriously, how many championships do you have to win in order to establish your dominance? Nothing would make me happier than to see you step up to the big leagues. Hell, I might even end up cheering for a Suzuki team. Until then, I'm stuck sitting here trying to tune you out for the sake of the good racing behind you. It's kind of sad, really...
hookemLC -yawn............  April 11, 2009 08:28 AM
damn, i just woke up, who won?
No longer a fan of the AMA -Boring......  April 9, 2009 12:55 PM
Sorry, but I could care less who is winning or losing in AMA Superbike or Daytona Superbike, or American Superbike...... I'm not even sure what class is what anymore. WSB has everything I'm looking for in a good race. Great venues, great riders, good coverage, the best announcers and a laundry list of champions. AMA racing is now up there with NASCAR in my opinion.
machoo monchero -Mat and Suzuki in 09 AMA Superbike  April 8, 2009 09:17 PM
They said it was the bike, they said Suzuki was cheating, they said so much about the team not playing fair. Well, all I say is HAHAHAHA...Mat aint going no where, this is his playground and if anyone in the world would like to challenge him, let them go to AMA. Clearly he is still one the world's best. He brought out the best out of SPIES (which I thing will be crowned World Champ with one more race to go, GO BEN!!)I expect him to do the same for Tommy. Anyhow, face it people, dont hate the player, just tell the rest of the grid to step their game up. I dont think its boring at all, I just love his style of riding.
Iowaboy -AMA Superbike  April 8, 2009 01:28 PM
If it isn't bad enough we have to wait weeks for the broadcast, the races are utterly lame! Wow, it's so exciting to see which Suzuki is going to take 2nd, 3rd, etc. Who on earth at DMG thought delaying the broadcasts was a good idea???? I agree with others, WSBK and GP are the only racing series worth watching anymore.
CAIslander -Another AMA Snooozfest  April 7, 2009 09:42 AM
Not to knock Mladin, but he has to stop sandbagging and move to WSB or MotoGP. Wake me when someone else wins.............
Nutty prof -The future  April 7, 2009 08:42 AM
I think Mladin's dominance is killing the sport. I considered going to Fontana to watch the races and I did not go because I knew what was going to happen. Fans are not happy to see someone win every time by 16 seconds or so. We want to see duels, passes, suspense, at least for a few laps. If the only suspense is if he is going to win by 15 or 25 seconds... Personally, I think I think Mladin was a bit chicken not to try WSBK earlier in his career, but now he might be too old: it must be a bit boring for him too at this point. Spies rocks! Go Ben!
Another Lost AMA Fan -AMA Superbike 09 and Mladin  April 6, 2009 05:03 PM
BORING, BORING, BORING.... I only watch WSB and MotoGP now. It's like Matt Mladin is riding a 1000cc and everyone else is on a 250cc. I would love to see how Matt Mladin would do against Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, and Nicky Hayden. Until Matt Mladin move on to WSB or MotoGP their is really no need to watch an AMA superbike racing. I'm not knocking Matt, he's an awsome rider. He just need to be in a class that would truely put his riding skills to the test. With that being said, "Lets go Ben Spies! We're watching you. Keep dragging those elbows!"
Dan the Canadian -????????  April 6, 2009 04:54 PM
Maybe the y could all have GSXR, and then maybe, someone, but who, could chanlenge Mladin....... Can't even watch the race on race day.......
Jester -It's over  April 6, 2009 03:30 PM
Say goodbye to American motorcycle roadracing. Get a clue Edmondson, you ruined everything and now no-one cares... at all... I hope Hayes, Bostrom, the Haydens, Hodgeson and Hacking can find rides after this whole thing self-destructs. What a crap end to a national series.
Nutty prof -The race  April 5, 2009 08:12 PM
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz....
shnapper -Mladin Won?  April 5, 2009 06:09 PM
Wow Mladin won? What a surprize!! Can you say BORING!!!!!!!!!