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Monday, April 21, 2008
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ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI 'S MLADIN WINS, HAYDEN THIRD IN 1ST BARBER SUPERBIKE RACE

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Spies rallies post-crash for max points
 
Round 2 – AMA Superbike Series
Birmingham, Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park
April 18 - 20, 2008
 
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin picked up his 65th career AMA Superbike victory after leading every lap and winning Saturday’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This race is the first of two in the double-header AMA Superbike weekend. This win is also the second of the season for six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin, as well as his sixth win at Barber. All of this comes on top of Mladin’s picking up his 54th career AMA Superbike pole position on Saturday morning. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden joined Mladin on the podium, thanks to an impressive third-place finish. This result marks Hayden’s second AMA Superbike podium with Suzuki. Teammate and defending AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies crashed on lap two, but rejoined the race and worked his way up into 11th place to salvage as many championship points as possible.
 
Mat Mladin:
“It was a pretty good race for us, though the guy I like to race with the most wasn’t in it. We got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I had my head down, so I didn’t realize Ben had crashed. But he’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll put on a great show, and hopefully we’ll win another one. I’d like to keep it going as long as we can. I have to thank my guys for giving me a Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 that will hopefully give us another win tomorrow.”
 
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:
1. Mat Mladin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
2. Jason Disalvo, Yamaha
3. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
4. Jamie Hacking, Kawasaki
5. Neil Hodgson, Honda
6. Miguel Duhamel, Honda
7. Eric Bostrom, Yamaha
8. Geoff May, Jordan Suzuki
9. Chris Peris, Suzuki
10. Jordan Szoke, Kawasaki
AMA Superbike Points Standings:
1. Mat Mladin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
2. Jason Disalvo, Yamaha
3. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
4. Jamie Hacking, Kawasaki
5. Ben Spies, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
6. Neil Hodgson, Honda
7. Miguel Duhamel, Honda
8. Geoff May, Jordan Suzuki
9. Chris Peris, Suzuki

10. Aaron Yates, Jordan Suzuki


 

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