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Will Mladin and Suzuki Continue to Lose?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
  
Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram pops champagne after beating Mat Mladin at Road America on Sunday.
Has the Suzuki American Superbike juggernaut truly been broken? After 53 consecutive U.S. race wins Yamaha’s Josh Hayes toppled the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team in Saturday’s American Superbike Race 1 at Infineon Raceway last month. And now Ducati’s Larry Pegram beat them again at Road America during last weekend's Race 2.
 
Sure Pegram’s Ducati 1098R motorcycle had a definite straight-line speed advantage, but after the race it was found to be within spec. Perhaps more impressive is that Pegram’s team (which he owns and manages) was able to assemble a superior motorcycle without the high level of resources at the disposal of the Rockstar/Yoshimura team. Thus, you really got to hand it to their squad—they straight up beat Mladin and co.
 
As of today the season is halfway over and Mladin has a sizeable lead over the rest of the field including his teammate, Tommy Hayden. So it's going to be an uphill battle to prevent him from capturing an seventh title. And there’s no doubt that after how irate he was about losing on Sunday in Wisconsin, you can be certain his team is going to be working overtime getting more speed out of its GSX-R1000.

But with five more rounds remaining this year, two of them all-new (Heartland Park in Kansas and New Jersey Motorsports Park), Pegram and company will have 10 more opportunities in which to prove that Suzuki can be beaten on a regular basis. The countdown begins…
Post Tags: mat mladin, rockstar makita suzuki, larry pegram
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SBKARMEN -Mladin win record June 15, 2009 08:50 AM
You know what they say when you start winning a lot people start hatin'. What the hell every happened to Duhamel all that hype throught the years as much as I didn't care for Duhamel and Honda, you would think that poor schmuck would get some credit. Oh wait Nascar owns AMA now who cares about the past. As for Mladin lossing to Larry Pegram on Bayliss' old bike. Oh well its about time. So if you guys count the last four races Mladin won 50% of them, the other 2 went to hayes and pegram. That alone is remarkable, but lets not forget the 78 plus wins before that on top of the 26 that spies won. You guys are hating a guy who has dominated the series in America. You know how much stuff has happened since Yosh's last lost to Zemke in 06. The housing industry crubled, unemployment has risen, the dollar is worth half, gee wiz I guess Mladin is not so bad. LOL
Ex-Factory -Mladin didn't win and the SKY IS FALLING! June 15, 2009 08:48 AM
I have to say that I agree 100% + with LimeyMoto66 and bikerrandy. I’ve been reading these posts about Mladin for sometime and I’m sure most of them are written by kids who have so little racing experience if any that it sickens me at just how stupid they are. What I hear over and over is just non stop whining by one idiot after another!!! Was anyone complaining when Rossi was winning all the time? Not that I recall. Was anyone whining when Freddie, Nicky, Russell or Hayden was winning all the time? Not that I recall. BIG F N deal Hayes and Pegram won one race and the F N media buries Mladin saying it’s over. How F N STUPID ARE THESE GUYS!!! Hmmm lets see, Mats bike comes from the dealer showroom and Peagrams is a purpose built Superbike with 200 more cc’s and goes what 200mph! Hmm lest see Peagram’s bike had how much more MPH then Mladins bike and the rest of the field at the last race? Yet Mladin can still take POLE!! What a bunch of whining punkass immature brainless idiots you all are for you comments!!! THE F N NASBIKE organization has killed Superbike in this country period! There are now more exotic bikes at an F N club race then what race in this stupid FN NASBIKE series. Yet Mladin takes an F N STREET BIKE that ANYONE OF YOU DUMBASSES can go buy from a dealer and with modifications that ANYONE CAN DO he kicks everyone’s ASS because HE’S THE BEST RIDER OUT THERE HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL IS THIS THING ON???????? Yet you dumb asses STILL WHINE sayings he, Yoshimura and Suzuki are to dominant. Why don’t all the other losers’ who race against Mladin STEP THE F UP and beat him instead of crying and whining like all you idiots do? Why? Because they CAN’T! I for the life of me can’t figure out why people who “choose” to race in the TOP class here in the US whine when they can’t win or their bike isn’t this or that. When I started racing at the club level I had a goal and that was to won day win #1. It took many many years and a LOT OF $$$$$$$ but eventually I won a couple of # 1’s. I would never have even considered racing in classes that I felt I and my team weren’t ready for. But time and time again I see teams racing in a series that they simply don’t stand a chance in because they haven’t got the talent or the equipment to be competitive. My stomach turns when I walk thru a racing paddock and see the garbage that god only knows where these people dream up these bikes and color schemes that they race for all the world to see. Just simply clueless! If you’re not ready don’t race in the class!! HEEELLLLLLLLLOOOO!!! Stay in superstock, hone your skills win races and when you can ride to 100% then get some sponsors, bet a bigger bike and then think about moving up the pinnacle class. For me I wish Mladin would stay around and continue to race here but he won’t He’s done, he’s fed up with all the whiners and lack of competition to race against here. He’s made his mark and he’s leaving the US for good at the end of the 09 season. Will he race in WSBK or just retire only he knows. Again for those who missed it he leaves us his mark in history that we will never see again! For me as well I’m done. I have no interest watching show room stock bikes race around a track. I mean how stupid is it to spend all this money to see a glorified club race and watch nearly showroom stock bikes!! I used to go to the races to see the best of the best on unobtainium equipment the likes of which were never at club races, ever. I and others go to F1 or MotoGP races to see the best on the sickest equipment built. You don’t see F1 teams or MotoGP teams whining that they can never win because their drivers/riders aren’t good enough or their cars/bikes suck. No they hunker down and try building better bikes and hiring better drivers/riders to be the top and win. So what all your idiotic posts about Mladin do is show the “world” just how narrow minded stupid little punk asses you really are! I’d slap your parents for giving birth to such idiots if I could but I’m sure they tossed the test tubes away a long time ago.
bikerrandy -Pegram beats Mladin ! June 12, 2009 03:56 PM
C'mon Mladin/Suzuki haters. How weak it is to admit no one can beat Mladin very often, so Mladin should be run out of town. That's about as lame as it can be. Don't you remember he got beat the last 3 years by his younger team mate? No, I'm not a Mladin fan. But I sure do admire his win record. I remember when he was racing a 750 Suzuki against the faster Hondas, Ducatis and paid his dues to get where he is now. Now Mladin is forcing other racers to beat his performance. And he's said the `09 GSXR is a lot different than it's predecessor, so his team can't just use the data they have from before. To Mladin's competitors.........either put up or shut up.
LimeyMoto66 -Mladin, Yosh and AMA June 12, 2009 01:43 PM
C'mon guys, we've been over this before. You can't be going hating Yosh/Mladin for winning. If no one can keep up with them you should be turning your angst to the other wannabees in the lineup. The rules have been rewritten to put a stop to the Suzuki domination, and as of yet, it has not worked. Mladin rolls on, win after win, and has a monster lead in the standings. As has been said, he can finish 2nd the rest of the way and still take the crown. But knowing a bit about Mat I doubt that will be his style. He's a competitor and wants to win every single race. Lucky for him he's with an incredible team that is able to give him an opportunity to do that each weekend. And as witnessed by the obvious disappointment at his second place last weekend, Mat still has that fire, that passion to go for the win each and every time. He will not go down lightly, or as my RG500-riding mate Matt back in the UK would say, if he's going down, he's going down bloody :) So, step it up Pegram, Yates, Hayes, Hayden at al. Given the right circumstances Mat can be beaten, and thats great for the fans and great for the series. But 2 races out of 14 or whatever isn't going to cut it. These guys have to prove they can do it consistently. And quite whining about the rules, or unfair advantages. Wanna talk unfair advantage? How frustrating is it to pass a guy in the turns, on the brakes every lap just to get passed down the straighaway? Thats not racing, thats NHRA. And really, fans, do we really care who wins as long as the racing is great. Bashing fairings, block passing, slicing and dicing. Even if it is for second place good racing is what it is al about, eh. See ya's all at the track adam
will parker -mladin June 12, 2009 06:31 AM
I am glad to see Mladin lose, he should have retired by now, and he is an asshole. Btw, its easier to beat Mladin and Yoshi as per the rules they are basically Superstock bikes..
mashew monshero -Mladin June 11, 2009 09:52 PM
Superlight, I totally agree with you. It's almost like watching a Suzuki cup for the last 3 or 4 years with AMA. Yes, I admit that I am a big fan of Suzuki / Mat, but I want to see other people win as well. As I watched Josh Hayes in his winning interview when he beat Mladin, I beleived he had tears of joy. This is what I mean, watching AMA and SBK are like my soap operas. As far as your question goes, Suzuki's in Miller SBK did not do too well. Plus I was more excited watching Jamie Hacking and Ben Spies kick some ass. However, I was pretty bummed out with Jake Zemke's results. Anyhow, superbike Smackdown was held at T-Hill this year. If you are close to the area, we have a private Track Day Sept 9 at t-hill. Being a road racer your self, I sure am humble enough to learn more and maybe help me refine all aspects of riding. Peace.
Superlight -Mladin June 11, 2009 12:43 PM
mashew, I'm not trying to take anything away from Mladin or Yoshimura, proven competitors in AMA Superbike, but this winning every race thing just has to stop, for the good of the series. I love roadracing, was a competitor myself in a support class many years ago and I have no interest watching a Suzuki runaway year after year. OBTW, where were the all-conquering Suzukis at Miller WSBK? Or any other WSBK venue this year?
mashew monshero -Mladin June 10, 2009 08:58 PM
Mat has a commanding lead right now, the championship is his for the taking this season. The only thing that can beat him if he gets a strings of DNF with the remaining rounds. What amazes me the most is if whenever he does not win a race, its like a huge deal to everyone. He's on a '09 brand new bike in its early stage development. Larry Pegram barely beat him on a bike that he has been using since the start of the season. As far my answer to the editor's question, Mat has the luxury of not preasuring himself this season to win any more races. He can afford to finish second place each race coz from what I've seen in the points standing, no one comes close at the moment.
lilredducati -mladin and suzuki June 10, 2009 12:04 PM
not a fan of the suzuki juggernaut,,, but mladin isn't gonna just roll over and play dead..........
IJB -race coverage June 10, 2009 10:37 AM
Ben - don't come to a motorcyle racing/lifestyle website and not expect to see stories as they relate to results and then complain aobut it...thats just stupid!
Ben -COME ON MCUSA June 10, 2009 10:08 AM
You guys are killing me!!!! Your reporting on races that haven't been broadcast on Speed yet and now I know the winner before the race starts. Thanks for nothing.
Superlight -Racing June 10, 2009 05:15 AM
For the AMA superbike series to survive the Yoshimura dynasty has to end. All props to Yosh/Mladin for running a professional organization that has delivered win after win, year after year, but its boring for all but rabid Suzuki fans. When a race starts the spectator should wonder just who might be the victor, not count up successive wins by one team/rider.