Mladin wins AMA Superbike finale

Rockstar Makita Suzuki sweeps podium

By Motorcycle.com Staff, Sep. 29, 2008
Mat Mladin led a Rockstar Makita Suzuki podium sweep in the AMA Superbike season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 29.

Mladins victory was the 72nd of his career and third at the Monterey, Calif. track. Despite the 1-2-3 finish for Suzuki, Mladin was clearly the class of the field, winning by an impressive 12.582 seconds.

It was a good race for us overall and it was nice to get a win at this track, in particular, says Mladin. I got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I just put my head down and ran some good laps. Im excited to get another win at Laguna Seca I guess Ive finally got this place figured out after 13 years. Its fantastic for Suzuki to get up here one-two-three, and Im looking forward to next year and hopefully a fair series.

Mladin earned his 72nd career victory, and third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Ben Spies had already clinched his third title before the finale and he finished second, ahead of teammate Tommy Hayden.

I didnt get off the start like I wanted to, but that sort of made it a fun race because I had to make a lot of passes to get up front, says Spies. By the time I got into second place, I could see the pace Mat was running and I could see the gap and I knew I wasnt super-human so I just decided to have some fun out there. It was a good race, I just didnt have enough for the win today.

Hayden ran well to finish third, but he could do little to keep up with Mladin on this day.

It was a pretty good race. I got another great start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I just tried to settle into a rhythm, says Hayden. Then Mat came by and I tried to latch on to him and stay with him for as long as I could, which wasnt very long. A little bit later Ben came by and then Aaron Yates. Aaron and I had a battle for a while, then I got by him and just tried put in some good laps and bring home another podium finish for Rockstar Makita Suzuki.

AMA Superbike Laguna Seca Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Points
1st Mat Mladin Rockstar Suzuki --
2nd Ben Spies Rockstar Suzuki +12.582
3rd Tommy Hayden Rockstar Suzuki +17.901
4th Aaron Yates Jordan Suzuki +21.236
5th Neil Hodgson Honda +28.558

AMA Superbike Top Five Standings
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Points
1st Ben Spies Rockstar Suzuki 652
2nd Mat Mladin Rockstar Suzuki 557
3rd Jason DiSalvo Yamaha 463
4th Eric Bostrom Yamaha 445
5th Jamie Hacking Monster Energy Kawasaki 421