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2006 AMA Superbike Photo Gallery

2006 AMA Superbike - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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American Honda's Jake Zemke - Daytona
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies - Daytona
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Graves Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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American Honda's Miguel Duhamel - Daytona
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Factory Kawasaki's Roger Hayden - Daytona
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Parts Unlimited Ducati's Ben Bostrom - Daytona
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Parts Unlimited Ducati's Ben Bostrom - Daytona
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Graves Yamaha's Jason DiSalvo - Daytona
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American Honda's Miguel Duhamel - Daytona
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Daytona
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Erion Honda's Aaron Gobert - Daytona
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Yamaha's Jamie Hacking - Daytona
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes - Daytona
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Buell's Jeremy McWilliams - Daytona
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American Honda's Miguel Duhamel - Daytona
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Matt Mladin - Daytona
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Matt Mladin - Daytona
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Jordan Racing's Steve Rapp - Daytona
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Jordan Racing's Steve Rapp - Daytona
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Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden - Daytona
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Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden - Daytona
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Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden - Daytona
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies - Daytona
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies - Daytona
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Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden - Daytona
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Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden - Daytona
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American Suzuki's Aaron Yates - Daytona
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American Honda's Jake Zemke - Daytona
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Jake Zemke had some tough luck in the Superbike race, but came back to win the Dayton 200 - Daytona
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes came up second in the 200, but leads in the championship given that Zemke will not be contesting the remainder of the FX series - Daytona
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Zemke celebrates his 200 victory, the first of his career - Daytona
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Duhamel came up short in the 200 after his spectacular crash, but he did get the pole position and the accompanying rolex - Daytona
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Eric Bostrom and his Yamaha teammate Jason DiSalvo had an early lead in the 200, before the Hondas pulled ahead - Daytona
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Mladin pulled out the Superbike victory will a drafting pass on the final straight - Daytona
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The Hayden boys were running strong in Superbike, but Roger Lee crashed out pushing up into the top 3. Tommy managed to keep it on two wheels and finished the day in the top 5 - Daytona
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Love him or hate him, Mladin is the man in the AMA - Daytona
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Mladin is the unquestioned king of the hill, but #11 is the pesky thorn in the side working hard to play the role of usurper - Daytona
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Formula Xtreme action - Barber
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Formula Xtreme action - Barber
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Formula Xtreme action - Barber
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American Honda's Jake Zemke - Barber
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The tables turned in Saturday's race, with Sies bettering his older rival Mladin - Barber
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Ben Spies Race 1 winner - Barber
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Ben Spies Race 1 winner - Barber
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Jason DiSalvo resorts to a little houliganism for celebration on his Formula Xtreme win - Barber
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Formula Xtreme podium - Barber
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Superstock podium - Barber
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Jason DiSalvo - Barber
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Jamie Hacking - Barber
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Eric Bostrom - Barber
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Erion Honda's Josh Hayes - Barber
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Kurtis Roberts - Barber
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Roger Lee Hayden has been on fire in Supersport and on the ground in Superbike - Barber
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Miguel Duhamel, second-place finisher in Race 2 - Barber
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Miguel Duhamel, second-place finisher in Race 2 - Barber
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Mat Mladin finished third, but was lucky - Barber
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Ben Spies did what he had to do at Barber, taking a monumental double-victory - Barber
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Spies swept Round 2 of the Superbike championship with impressive wins over his rival teammate - Barber
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Ducati Austin's Ben Bostrom - Fontana
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Erion Racing - Aaron Gobert - Fontana
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Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden - Fontana
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American Honda's Jake Zemke - Fontana
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Yamaha's Jason Disalvo - Fonatana
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates, defending Superstock champion - Fontana
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Erion Racing - Josh Hayes - Fontana
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies - Fontana
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Fontana
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin - Fontana
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Spies and Mladin meet after Spies' Race 1 victory
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All anyone saw of Ben Spes on Sunday was his backside - Fontana
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Graves Yamaha's Jason Disalvo celebrates his Superstock win with a little smoke - Fontana
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AMA legend Doug Chandler decided to scuff some tires with the young pups that took over in his absence with a return run at Fontana.
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin battled Spies in race one but settled for second after it became obvious Spies was not going to give up the position - Infineon
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American Honda's Miguel Duhamel finished third in race one on Saturday - Infineon
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies dominated race one - Infineon
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Factory Yamaha rider Eric Bostrom picked up his second consecutive win in Formula Xtreme - Infineon
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Yamaha's Jamie Hacking celebrates his Superstock win with teammate Eric Bostrom - Infineon
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Graves Yamaha's Jamie Hacking (2) leads Aaron Yates (1) and Eric Bostrom (32) in the Repsol Superstock race - Infineon
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies leads the pack on Sunday - Infineon
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Doug Chandler - Infineon
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Josh Hayes - Infineon
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Eric Bostrom - Infineon
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Danny Eslick - Infineon
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Jason DiSalvo - Infineon
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Neil Hodgson - Infineon
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Jake Holden - Infineon
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Jeremy McWilliams - Infineon
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Mat Mladin - Infineon
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Steve Rapp - Infineon
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Jason Pridmore - Infineon
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Roger Lee Hayden - Infineon
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Ben Spies - Infineon
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Tommy Hayden - Infineon
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Jake Zemke - Infineon
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Jamie Hacking, Geoff May and Michael Barnes - 1-2-3 - Supersport Podium - Road America
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M4 EMGO Suzuki's Geoff May was runner-up in Supersport - Road America
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Graves Yamaha's Jamie Hacking - Road America
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American Honda's Jake Zemke picked up a pair of 3rd place finishes in Superbike - Road America
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Eric Bostrom celebrates after his third-consecutive FX victory - Road America
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Jason DiSalvo still holds the lead in the FX points race - Road America
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Saturday's Road America Formula Xtreme podium - Road America
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Josh Hayes grabbed yet another second-place finish in FX - Road America
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Saturday's Superbike podium - Road America
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Ben Spies finished second in Saturday's Superbike race, breaking a six-race winning streak - Road America
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Jake Zemke ran hard on Saturday and was rewarded with the highest non-Yoshimura finish with third - Road America
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Mat Mladin was able to put the hammer down on Spies with a Saturday victory - Road America
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Hacking and Yates will be battling hard for the Superstock crown - Road America
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M4 EMGO's Michael Barnes podiumed in Supersport along with teammate Geoff May - Road America
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Saturday Superbike action at Miller
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Saturday Superbike action at Miller
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Ben Spies snagged his seventh win of the season during the Saturday Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. The Texan was joined on the podium by his teammate Mladin and Ducati's Ben Bostrom.
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Saturday Superbike action at Miller
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Honda's Jake Zemke was challenging for the Superbike win, but a crashed dropped him down to an eighth-place finish.
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Josh Hayes (right) claimed his first Formula Xtreme win of the year and was joined on the podium by second-place rider, Aaron Gobert (left), and third-place finisher, Eric Bostrom (middle).
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Sunday Superbike action at Miller
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Yamaha's Jamie Hacking had an excellent weekend at Miller, finishing first in both the Supersport and Superstock races.
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Hacking's victory in Superstock was much needed, killing the momentum generated when his nearest rival, Aaron Yates (99), was victorious last round at Road America.
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Zemke changed the podium seating arrangement on Sunday, after almost accomplishing the feat on Saturday, before a crash in the latter laps pushed him back to eighth.
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Number 1 had to settle for a pair of 2s on the podium at Miller. Considering Mladin is 21-points behind Spies, second-place won't cut it if he is going to hold onto his title.
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Zemke spoils the Yoshimura boys' perfect record by stealing a win during Race 2 at Miller.
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DiSalvo finished behind Yamaha teammate Eric Bostrom in both Formula Xtreme and Superstock, finishing second in the FX race - Laguna Seca
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Mladin is usually so far ahead that he doesn't need to look over his shoulder, but this year the six-time champ is in an unfamiliar position - Laguna Seca
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Spies looks like the man to beat with just four rounds to go - Laguna Seca
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Spies benefited from a race restart when he grabbed the lead and never looked back - Laguna Seca
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Ben Spies has been a familiar sight on the rostrom, but Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden and Ducati's Neil Hodgson were welcome additions for the first time this season - Laguna Seca
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Eric Bostrom is right in the thick of things with his Laguna Seca victory in Formula Xtreme - Laguna Seca
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Jamie Hacking was a machine after the MotoGP race on Sunday, taking the checkers in back-to-back Supersport and Superstock races - Laguna Seca
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Spies is the man to beat right now - Mid-Ohio
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Mladin keeps pluggin away, but that Spies kid is pretty fast - Mid-Ohio
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No one can beat Eric Bostrom in Formula Xtreme as of late - Mid-Ohio
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Jake Zemke recovered from a Saturday DNF to finish fourth on Sunday - Mid-Ohio
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Sunday podium - Mid-Ohio
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Spies starts up front, grabs the lead early, and then cruises to the checkered flag. It is a formula that will equal a 2006 Superbike championship if he sticks to it - Mid-Ohio
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It's getting down to the nitty gritty now. Mladin is used to being in Spies position, not the other way around. Can the reigning champ find a way to best his younger rival? - Mid-Ohio
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Yates, Hacking, and Bostrom celebrate their Superstock podiums - Mid-Ohio
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Hacking topped the Supersport podium, with one-time title favorite, Roger Lee Hayden, in second and M4 EMGO Suzuki's Michael Barnes in third.
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Jamie Hacking has been unbeatable as of late. Another Superstock/Supersport double by the Yamaha rider is making his double title chances almost a sure bet at this stage in the season - Mid-Ohio
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Attack Kawasaki's Ben Attard - Mid-Ohio
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Josh Hayes is right in the hunt for a FX title - Mid-Ohio
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M4 EMGO Suzuki's Michael Barnes was good for a Superstock podium finish - Mid-Ohio
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Formula Xtreme jumps off the starting line - Mid-Ohio
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Duhamel smooth through the turn - Mid-Ohio
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Spies would not stay behind Duhamel for long after the Saturday restart - Mid-Ohio
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On Sunday, this was as close as anyone got to taking the win away from Spies - Mid-Ohio
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin narrowed the gap on Spies to 39-points with his win at VIR on Saturday.
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Ben Spies wrings all he can out of his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 during the first couple laps of Saturday's Superbike race - VIR
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Despite his best effort, Spies (11) finally gave way to Mladin (1) who would go on to win the 47th AMA Superbike race of his career - VIR
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom celebrates his third consecutive Formula Xtreme victory - VIR
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American Honda's Jake Zemke (98) could do nothing to slow the advance of Mladin - VIR
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Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson found the podium for the second time this season - VIR
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Yamaha's Jamie Hacking on the R6 - VIR
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Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden on the ZX-6RR - VIR
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom took the Formula Xtreme win - VIR
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You can see the swelling to Spies' broken right hand. The Texan rode through the pain and has three more races to keep Mladin at bay - VIR
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A shot of Ben Spies' broken right hand. Our on site photographer described the swollen hand as 'the size of a medium water balloon.' If he can overcome the pain, the championship will be all the more sweet for the lightning quick Texan.
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Mladin refused to be denied and Spies' hand injury did hurt matters either - VIR
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Hacking and company celebrate their Supersport title victory - VIR
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Eric Bostrom stole the thunder from Hacking in Superstock - VIR
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The second-place finish during Sunday's race was the best Superbike performance of the season for Yates - VIR
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Miguel Duhamel is the epitome of a cagey veteran, always seeming to slip up to the front five and fighting for a podium - VIR
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Hacking was denied the victory in Superstock, but winning the Supersport championship helped sooth the disappointment - VIR
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Elbows out Spies was logged a gritty performance with his 2-4 results - VIR
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Jamie Hacking celebrates his Supersport title win - VIR
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Aaron Yates was unable to podium in Superstock and as a result fell further behind Hacking in the points - VIR
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Roger Lee Hayden is getting back up to speed on the Superbike, but his DNF in Supersport guaranteed the title to Hacking - VIR
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies has a 25-point lead of his runner-up finish on Saturday at Road Atlanta.
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates - Road Atlanta
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin takes his sixth win of the season on Saturday at Road Atlanta
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Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin wins again - Road Atlanta
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Mladin gets the gold after sweeping Road Atlanta
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Graves Yamaha's Jamie Hacking celebrates his Superstock win - Road Atlanta
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Graves Yamaha's Jamie Hacking on the way to a Superstock victory - Road Atlanta
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The Repsol Superstock race gets underway at Road Atlanta.
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Yamaha's Jason DiSalvo - Road Atlanta
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Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden - Road Atlanta
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M4 EMGO Suzuki's Geoff May - Road Atlanta
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Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Road Atlanta
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Erion Racing Honda's Josh Hayes took the FX win - Road Atlanta
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Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden - Road Atlanta
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Mat Mladin (1) puts the moves on Ben Spies (11) in race two - Road Atlanta
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Josh Hayes claimed the Formula Xtreme title in a thrilling 16-lap race where the Erion Honda rider was able keep ahead of his championship rival, Yamaha's Eric Bostrom - Mid-Ohio
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It wasn't the storybook ending he might have hoped for but Neil Hodgson can hold his head high with a valiant third-place finish - Mid-Ohio
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For the first time in years, Mladin will have to surrender the number-1 plate to someone else - Mid-Ohio
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Not even a third-row start, red-flag restart, or Mladin's victory were enough to deny Spies his Superbike championship - Mid-Ohio
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Ben Spies elbowed his way to his first-ever AMA title with a conservative seventh-place finish, which gave the young Texan a eight-point advantage in the final standings - Mid-Ohio
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Josh Hayes came through when it counted most and held off Eric Bostrom to claim the Formula Xtreme number-1 plate - Mid-Ohio
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Roger Lee Hayden has endured an injury-plagued 2006 campaign but closed things out with a solid victory in Supersport - Mid-Ohio
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Jason DiSalvo was disappointed in Formula Xtreme but ended his year on a positive note with a Superstock victory - Mid-Ohio
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Aaron Gobert had an unfortunate DNF in the Formula Xtreme race, where he was up front with his teammate Hayes and the two Yamahas - Mid-Ohio
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Yamaha pulled out all the stops but Bostrom just wasn't quite able to get ahead of Hayes for the Formula Xtreme crown - Mid-Ohio
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Roger Lee Hayden made the most of his lone race, with the younger Hayden left out in the cold when it was deemed he did not have a provisional to use in the Superbike race - Mid-Ohio
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Roger Lee Hayden ended 2006 with a victory in the final Supersport race - Mid-Ohio
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After it was all said and done, Ben Spies will head into 2007 as the reigning AMA Superbike champion - Mid-Ohio
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Ellison on Corona Honda CBR1000RR
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Dean Ellison puts the Corona Honda CBR1000RR through its paces.