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Mat Mladin

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Mat Mladin - American Superbike  Laguna Seca
Rider: Mathew Mladin
Nickname: Mat
Nationality: Australian
Team: Retired
Machine: Suzuki GSX-R1000 (#7)
Born: March 10, 1972 in Camden, Australia
Mat Mladin was the most dominant rider in modern AMA Superbike racing. In total the Aussie captured seven AMA Superbike Championships, the most recent of which took place in 2009. Additionally, Mladin has also won a title in Australian Superbike and currently holds the record for the largest number of AMA Superbike wins at 75, smashing Miguel Duhamel's previous record of 27. The Australian not only brought personal success to the AMA paddock, he elevated the Yoshimura Suzuki program to powerhouse status during his decade of dominance.

After success in the Australian Superbike series, Mladin had a brief run in Grand Prix in 1993 aboard the Cagiva in the premier 500 class. Afterward Mladin returned to Australia for a season, then set his sites on America. After seasons with Suzuki and Ducati, Mladin would settle in with the Yoshimura squad and claim his first of seven titles in 1999.

Spies had a bumpy ride in Race 1 and had to do everything within his power to finish in second place.
Always a demon on the brakes, Mladin was unable to use his old tricks to hold off Spies for the '08 AMA Superbike crown.
During the 2001 season Mladin wrapped up his third consecutive AMA Superbike title on the GSX-R and showed no signs of slowing down. But the 2002 season proved an anomaly as Nicky Hayden snatched the crown from Mladin. It was a brief interuption to Mladin's reign, however, as the Aussie was back at it the following seasons to take another three consecutive titles between 2003 to 2005.

In 2006 it was Mladin's teammate, Ben Spies, who stole the crown and ended Mladin's hope of winning his fourth straight Superbike title. Spies managed to eek out championship victories over Mladin for the next two years. The Yoshimura duo completely dominated the AMA Superbike class, the two riders routinely finishing races 20-30 seconds ahead of the third-place competitor. In the process the front-running duo delivered some of the best title fights in the series’ history.

Mat Mladin retires from American Superbike racing with a record 82 race wins and an unprecedented seven championship titles.
Mladin retired on top from AMA Pro Racing with a record 82 race wins and an unprecedented seven championship titles.
As Spies, like Hayden before him, moved on to higher-level competition, Mladin remained in AMA Superbike. In 2009 the Aussie earned his seventh and final title in the U.S. series, but the season was controversial with Mladin at public odds with the new AMA series promoters, Daytona Motorsports Group. Mladin announced his retirement at the age of 37 after the 2009 season.

Mladin’s refusal to test his abilities in World Superbike or MotoGP remains a point of criticism for the winningest Superbike rider in AMA history. The Australian’s influence on the series during his career can’t be overstated, with Mladin recognized as one of the highest paid riders in the world behind Valentino Rossi. The Aussie’s racing success also fueled the sales of Suzuki’s popular GSX-R sportbike line.

Mat Mladin News
2009 Mat Mladin Suzuki GSX-R1000 Test
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
The legacy of the most dominant motorcycle road racer America has ever known: 62 pole positions, 82 race wins and 7 AMA Superbike championships. We ride Mat Mladin's 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.
Mladin Stymies World Superbike Rumors
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Mat Mladin stops up the World Superbike rumors the same way he started them, via Twitter.
Mat Mladin to Race in World Superbike
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Will Mat Mladin show the world the motorcycle racing skills that has earned him seven AMA Superbike championships? Read this interesting tweet Mladin posted today that hints of his return to road racing.
Mat Mladin Exit Interview
Friday, September 11, 2009
Mat Mladin looks back on a career that included 7 titles and 82 race wins. See what the winningest rider in American road racing history has to say about the end of an era in this exclusive Motorcycle USA interview.
Mat Mladin to Retire This Year
Friday, July 31, 2009
After more than a decade of domination in the American Superbike championship. 6-time (soon to be 7-time) AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin has announced this will be his last year racing in the United States.
Mladin   Hacking Boycott Topeka
Friday, July 31, 2009
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin and Monster Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking will both sit out this round of the AMA Pro racing series at Heartland Park Topeka.
AMA Superbike Mat Mladin Video Interview
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Yoshimura has posted an introspective interview series with Mat Mladin on their website. In this exclusive three part series, Mat reflects on a number of topics close to him.
Mat Mladin Career Highlights
2009 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2008 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2007 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2006 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2005 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2004 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2003 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2002 - 7th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2001 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2000 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
1999 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
1998 - 3rd AMA Superbike - Suzuki
1997 - 3rd AMA Superbike - Ducati
1996 - 4th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
1995 - 2nd, Australian Superbike
1993 - 13th 500cc MotoGP - Cagiva
1992 - 1st Australian Superbike
1991 - 1st Australian 250 Production
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