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2008 AMA Superbike Photo Gallery

2008 AMA Superbike - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Cycle News’ Steve Atlas will carry the motojourno hopes in the upcoming Daytona 200.
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There was still snow on the peaks for February's Fontana test.
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Fontana test images.
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The Rockstar Yoshimura Suzuki team figures to retain its powerhouse status.
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Ben Bostrom flogs the 2008 Yamaha R1 around the Fontana circuit.
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Eric Bostrom will carry the Tuning Fork hopes in the Superbike class.
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Yamaha pits at chilly February Fontana Test.
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Aaron Yates came on strong toward the end of 2007, can the Jordan team take that next leap in 2008?
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Neil Hodgson is glad to be back in the thick of competition.
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Josh Hayes is back once again on the FX Honda CBR600RR.
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Jamie Hacking is focusing solely on Superbike this year.
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The Monster Energy Kawasaki boys are getting ready for the 2008 opener.
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Neil Hodgson turns some Fontana test laps.
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Ben Spies will focus entirely on defending his Superbike championship in 2008 - Fontana Test.
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Geoff May has switched from M4 EMGO Suzuki to Jordan Suzuki.
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Aaron Yates is back in 2008 aboard the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000.
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Ben Bostrom fought for the lead with Herrin - Daytona
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Michael Barnes is back with a new team, riding STK with the Celtic Suzuki squad - Daytona
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Josh Herrin was very impressive on the Graves Yamaha Supersport - Daytona
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Herrin showed why he took the checkers at last year's SS finale - Daytona
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A large contingent of Kawasakis were strong in SS, but not strong enough to unseat the front-running Yamahas - Daytona
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The Supersport win was decided by 0.012 - Daytona
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Although Bostrom blocked him at the finish, the two Yamaha riders made nice after the race - Daytona
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Rain clouds threatened, but the track stayed dry for the season SS and STK openers - Daytona
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Blake Young started out strong on the M4 EMGO Suzuki, taking the early lead in STK - Daytona
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Young was leading the Jordan Suzukis for most of the first half of the race - Daytona
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Aaron Yates grabbed the lead and held on for the final laps en route to what promises to be many STK victories in 2008 - Daytona
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Yates is the favorite for the 2008 Superstock title - Daytona
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Suzuki rider took the top 12 spots in STK, with Jordan Suzuki's Yates and May sharing the rostrum with M4 EMGO's Blake Young - Daytona
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Ben Bostrom took the checkers at Daytona by a slim marging - Daytona
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Chaz Davies is back for 2008 riding on the Attack Kawasaki ZX-6R in the Supersport and Formula Xtreme classes - Daytona
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes took his first-ever Daytona 200 win.
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Attack Kawasaki's Chaz Davies rode to an impressive second place finish in the Daytona 200.
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Erion Racing Honda's Josh Hayes picked up his first Daytona 200 victory.
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Yamaha's Jason Disalvo finished third in the Superbike race - Daytona
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Monster Kawasaki ace Jamie Hacking finished 5th.
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Yoshimura Suzuki rider Mat Mladin claimed his 64th career victory in the AMA Superbike final at Daytona.
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American Honda had a Daytona to forget. Starting with the disqualification of Miguel Duhamel after he swapped to his back-up bike following the first lap of the Daytona 200.
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes was disqualified after his Daytona 200 victory when his CBR600RR was found to be illegal after it's post race inspection by the AMA.
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Larry Pegra ends up with a podium finish aboard his Ducati 848 at the Daytona 200.
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The Yoshimura/Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team dominated the first round of the AMA Superbike series with Ben Spies (left) and Mat Mladin going 1-2.
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The Attack Kawasaki team takes care of Chaz Davies' 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R during the 08 Daytona 200.
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Cycle News' Steve Atlas made the most of his opportunity to ride for the Corona Racing team with an outstanding top ten finish.
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Mat Mladin raced to his 65th career victory at Barber - Barber Race 1
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Jake Zemke got back to his winning ways with an FX win at Barber.
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A new Rolex and a hot blonde on each arm - this racing stuff ain't bad, sometimes. - Barber
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Chaz Davies takes the inside line. - Barber
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Josh Hayes dices with the Attack Kawasaki. - Barber
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The Attack Kawasaki team of Chaz Davies and Steve Rapp grabbed the third and fifth spots respectively in Birmingham. - Barber
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American Honda's Miguel Duhamel worked his way to a sixth-place finish in Race 1 and an eighth-place finish in Race 2. - Barber
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The Yoshimura Suzuki team snatched all three podium positions in Race 2. - Barber
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There was plenty of Yoshimura Blue near the front of every Superbike race. - Barber
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With its abundance of curves, riders stay on the edge of their tires for much of the race at Barber. - Barber
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Weather was a concern before the race, but come Sunday conditions were almost ideal for racing. - Barber
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Mat Mladin graced the top step of the podium in Race 1 while Yamaha's Jason DiSalvo finished a strong second. - Barber
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Birmingham was the place to be this past weekend as the racing action heated up the Barber track.
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Mladin was on fire this weekend, leaving the competition in his exhaust trails. - Barber
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Will the Yoshimura streak of podiums be broken this year? Not if these two have anything to say about it. - Barber
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Corona Honda's Jake Holden rode a very strong Barber race, actually leading before falling to Yates for a second-place finish - Barber
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Josh Herrin turned the tables on teammate Ben Bostrom with a last lap pass for the victory in Supersport.
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Barber Motorsports Superstock podium saw Aaron Yates, Jake Holden and Roadracingworld.com's Chris Ulrich.
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Martin Cardenas celebrates his Formula Xtreme podium with a swig - Barber
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Josh Herrin, Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke on the Supersport podium - Barber
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Mat Mladin celebrates win 66 - Barber
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Tommy Hayden scores another podium in Superbike aboard the strong Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki - Barber
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Neil Hodgson is still developing the Honda into a podium threat, with a fifth-place finish in the second Barber Superbike race - Barber
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Herrin jumps out to the front in Supersport - Barber
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Jake Zemke got back to the winner's circle with an FX victory - Barber
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The heat is on Ben Spies in the Superbike class - Barber
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It was an all Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki at Auto Club Speedway.
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Corona Honda's Jake Holden nabbed the teams first victory aboard the all-new CBR1000RR.
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Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking struggled with grip all during the 28-lap race at Auto Club Speedway.
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Graves Motorsports Yamaha rider Ben Bostrom would win Sunday's AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport race. Erion Honda's Jake Zemke finished second followed by Bostrom's teammate Josh Herrin.
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Defending AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies was unstoppable aboard his Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki in Superbike Race 1.
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Matsushima Suzuki's Danny Eslick rode his GSX-R600 to an 8th-place finish. - Fontana
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Jake Zemke held off teammate Josh Hayes for the victory in California. - Fontana
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The Fontana Formula Xtreme podium - Hayes, Zemke, and Pegram. - Fontana
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Miguel Duhamel rode hard and finished Race 1 on Saturday in seventh place. - Fontana
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Neil Hodgson lost out on a podium position in Race 1 when Tommy Hayden snuck past on Lap 22. - Fontana
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Jamie Hacking and Jason DiSalvo dice it out in Race 2. - Fontana
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Tommy Hayden and Neil Hodgson try to close the gap. - Fontana
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Spies lets the champagne fly after a hard-fought double podium weekend in California. - Fontana
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B-Boz held off Erion Honda's Jake Zemke for the Supersport victory Sunday. - Fontana
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Josh Hayes and Chaz Davies power through the turn. - Fontana
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Josh Herrin followed up his victory at Barber with another podium finish at Fontana. - Fontana
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Herrin douses Zemke with a little bubbly while Ben Bostrom soaks in the satisfaction of sitting atop the Supersport podium. - Fontana.
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Attack Kawasaki's Steve Rapp takes an unscheduled shortcut through the turn. - Fontana
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Corona Honda's Jake Holden battled Robertino Pietri and Aaron Yates for much of the race before securing the victory. - Fontana
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Suzuki's Robertino Pietri rode well in the Superstock race and barely missed out on a podium finish. - Fontana
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Corona Extra Honda Racing's Jake Holden gave Honda their second-ever Superstock win at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.
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Matsushima Suzuki's Danny Eslick got the holeshot in the 17-lap Supersport race.
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Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking stood atop the podium for the first time in Superbike Race 1 at Infineon.
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Erion Honda's Jake Zemke beat his teammate Josh Hayes by just 0.067 seconds in Saturday's 17-lap Formula Xtreme race.
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Early leader Leandro Mercado before he highsided himself off his KTM RC 125 race bike.
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Benny Solis, Jr. (center), from North Hollywood, Calif., won the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup race at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.
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E-Boz battles it out with Jamie Hacking during AMA Superbike's Race 2. - Infineon
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Erion Honda's Jake Zemke took Sunday's Formula Xtreme race and was joined on the podium by Steve Rapp and Josh Hayes. - Infineon
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Jake Zemke made it three Formula Xtreme victories in a row with his win at Infineon. - Infineon
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Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking got a double dose of the podium in Sonoma, finishing third in both Superbike races. - Infineon
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Yoshimura Suzuki finished 1-2 while Monster Energy Kawasaki gobbled up the third slot on the podium. - Infineon
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Eric Bostrom leads the pack into the turn with a runaway freight train hot on his heels. - Infineon
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The AMA Superbike Race 2 podium looked exactly like Race 1's, with Spies 1st, Mladin 2nd and Hacking 3rd. - Infineon
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Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates keeps the pressure on. - Infineon
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Josh Herrin tucks in behind Danny Eslick as they snake through a turn. - Infineon
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When the tire smoke settled in Sonoma, it was Graves Motorsports' Ben Bostrom who earned the hard-fought Supersport win. - Infineon
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Catch me - if you can! - Infineon
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Corona Extra Honda's Jake Holden lets it rip after winning the Superstock race in a nail-biter over Aaron Yates. - Infineon
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Joining Jake Holden on the podium at Infineon were Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates and Geoff May. - Infineon
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A Superstock podium finisher during last year's AMA SB Road America round, privateer Suzuki rider Scott Jensen will ride the upcoming WSB Miller round as a wild card.
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Graves Motorsports Yamaha Ben Bostrom has been a blur all season long.
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes.
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Attack Kawasaki's Steve Rapp.
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Erion Honda's Jake Zemke passes Attack Kawasaki's Chaz Davies in practice.
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Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking.
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American Honda's Neil Hodgson.
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Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin.
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Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies.
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Rockwall Honda's Aaron Gobert proved to be the man when the pavement was wet in Pro Honda Oils Supersport.
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Foremost Insurance Leo Vince Ducati's Larry Pegram was third in the Formula Xtreme race at Road America.
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Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies leads the pack into Turn 8 at Road America.
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It's been a rainy racing weekend at Road America as M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young demonstrates.
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Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom.
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Graves Motorsports Yamaha rider Josh Herrin struggled at Road America.
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Attack Kawasaki's Chaz Davies runs off into the gravel during FX practice.
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom during Superbike qualifying.
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M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young won his first-ever AMA Superstock race at Road America.
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M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young won in his home state of Wisconsin.
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Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mat Mladin finally got a win on Sunday.
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Erion Honda's Jake Zemke looking for a way past Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom.
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Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup racing action at Road America.
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Leandro Mercado of Argentina (center) won the seven-lap Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup race from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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Rookies Cup Indy test.
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Rookies Cup Indy test.
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Eric Bostrom was unable to fend off the advance of Yates - Laguna Seca
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Hacking missed out on his seventh consecutive podium by less than a tenth - Laguna Seca
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Mladin had Spies beat on a track that has favored the young Texan - Laguna Seca
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The Superbike win give Mladin the momentum back - Laguna Seca
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Mladin now has a 36-point advantage to make up for his unprecedented seventh Superbike crown - Laguna Seca
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Aaron Yates scored a big podium finish for the satellite Jordan Suzuki squad - Laguna Seca
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Ben Bostrom came out on tops in the Supersport race at Laguna.
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Bridesmaid no more, Jake Zemke won the 2008 AMA Formula Xtreme championship in an epic battle with Josh Hayes.
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Jake the Snake Zemke gettin' ir done at Road Atlanta.
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Aaron Yates captured the AMA Superstock Series with a valiant ride in front of his hometown fans on Sunday at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
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The Supersport podium included winner Josh Hayes, runner-up Jake Zemke and third-place finisher Ben Bostrom.
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The Honda's looked strong in the Supersport race, with Hayes winning the race while Zemke finished in second.
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Riders snake through the bends of the Road Atlanta course.
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Mladin tied Spies' record for consecutive AMA Superbike victories with his seventh win in a row.
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Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May won the race, but Aaron Yates won the Superstock title after finishing in second place.
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Josh Hayes has been on a tear recently, winning the Formula Xtreme and Supersport races in Atlanta.
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Tommy Hayden held off Yamaha's Jason DiSalvo for a podium position in the first Superbike race.
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Miguel Duhamel and Jason DiSalvo would dice it out all day, with the advantage going to DiSalvo in Race 1 while Duhamel finished stronger in Race 2.
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Just when it looked like Mladin was unbeatable, Ben Spies came out and smoked him in Race 2 to solidify his grip on the championship.
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Spies had a bumpy ride in Race 1 and had to do everything within his power to finish in second place.
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Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke will ride in the AMA Superbike contest at Laguna Seca for Monster Energy Kawasaki.
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AMA Roadracer Michael Beck earned top ten finishes in both the Formula Xtreme and Supersport classes at Laguna Seca.
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AMA Pro Racing awarded Graves Motorsports Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino with 2008 AMA Road Race Rookie of the Year honors.
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The Red Bull AMA US Rookies Cup Selection Event is taking place at Barber Motorsports Park, with more than 50 young riders vying for a spot to compete in the 2009 US Rookies Cup.
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The three-way battle for the victory left the crowd of over 46,000 at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix wondering which of the talented Rookies would come out on top.
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Josh Hayes Formula Xtreme - Miller Motorsports Park
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Larry Pegram Formula Xtreme - Miller Motorsports Park
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Formula Xtreme racing action - Miller Motorsports Park
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AMA Superbike podium - Miller Motorsports Park
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American Honda's Neil Hodgson - Miller Motorsports Park
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin - Miller Motorsports Park
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AMA Superbike - Miller Motorsports Park
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AMA Superbike Race 1 - Miller Motorsports Park
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AMA Superbike - Makita Suzuki's Ben Spies - Miller Motorsports Park
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Ben Spies during AMA Superbike Race 2 - Miller Motorsports Park
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Monster Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking - Miller Motorsports Park
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Makita Suzuki's Mat Mladin - Miller Motorsports Park
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Graves Yamaha Supersport rider Ben Bostrom - Miller Motorsports Park
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Corona Honda's Jake Holden - Miller Motorsports Park
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Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May - Miller Motorsports Park
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Jordan Suzuki rider Aaron Yates - Miller Motorsports Park
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Geoff May wins his first career AMA Superstock race - Miller Motorsports Park
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Formula Xtreme - Miller Motorsports Park
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Aaron Yates takes the Superstock win at Mid-Ohio
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Josh Hayes (1) leads Jake Zemke during the Formula Xtreme final at Mid-Ohio
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Mat Mladin takes a win at Mid-Ohio