Suzuki dominates at Barber

Gixxers own the podium

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 21, 2008
Mat Mladin led the way as Rockstar Makita Suzuki won five out of six podium spots at the two AMA Superbike championship races at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Ala. April 19-20.

Ben Spies and Tommy Hayden followed Mladin on Sunday to sweep the podium in the second race, while Hayden earned another third place finish in the first race on Saturday.

Jason Disalvo earned the remaining podium spot, finishing second on Saturday for Yamaha.

The two victories gives Mladin three wins in as many races this season. The six-time AMA Superbike champion now has 66 career victories.

“Today was a great day for me and my guys and it was a great day for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team,” Mladin says after Sunday’s race. “For me, it was a pretty good race. I just tried to put in a good, solid ride and be consistent.”

Spies’ second-place finish on Sunday redeemed his disappointing results from the first race. The defending Superbike champion crashed on the second lap but was able to rejoin the race and finished in eleventh.

Mat Mladin continued his winning ways a pair at Barber Motorsports Park.“We got a not-so-good start and then I made my way into second place but I just couldn’t keep Mat’s pace,” says Spies. “He’s riding really good right now and we’re chasing him so we've got to step it up. I have to thank my guys for building me a new Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 last night after I crashed yesterday. Now we're focusing on Fontana next weekend and we know what we need to do. We just need to go faster."

Hayden’s two podium spots place him third in the overall driver standings behind Mladin and Disalvo.

“Rockstar Makita Suzuki - one, two, three – that’s the way it should be and I’m just glad to do my part to make that happen,” says Hayden. “It feels good to be up on the podium twice this weekend and thanks to my team for everything.”

AMA Superbike: Barber Motorsports Park Race 1 Results

Pos. Rider Bike Time (s)
1. Mat Mladin Suzuki GSX-R1000 --
2. Jason Disalvo Yamaha YZF-R1 +15.600
3. Tommy Hayden Suzuki GSX-R1000 +17.609
4. Jamie Hacking Kawasaki ZX-10R +20.417
5. Neil Hodgson Honda CBR1000RR +24.976

AMA Superbike: Barber Motorsports Park Race 2 Results

Pos. Rider Bike Time (s)
1. Mat Mladin Suzuki GSX-R1000 --
2. Ben Spies Suzuki GSX-R1000 +8.176
3. Tommy Hayden Suzuki GSX-R1000 +14.902
4. Jason Disalvo Yamaha YZF-R1 +18.534
5. Neil Hodgson Honda CBR1000RR +20.890