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MLADIN AND SPIES 2ND AND 3RD IN UTAH
June 18, 2006
Team Suzuki Press Office – June 18, 2006.
Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin and Ben Spies rode their Suzuki GSX-R1000s to second and third place at the second AMA Superbike race of the double-header weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
Yoshimura Suzuki team mate Aaron Yates followed them home in seventh place.
“It was a good weekend,” said defending AMA Superbike Champion Mladin after taking the second-place finish. “I think we’ll leave with about the same points spread as we came in with. Today, we took what we could get. Suzuki has had their fair share of wins this year. Now it’s 21 points, eight races left - I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The afternoon’s 21-lap race started with current AMA Superbike points leader Spies in front and Mladin in third position. A red flag was thrown due to oil on the track, however, and after the re-start Mladin got out front quickly. Although he eventually was passed, the six-time AMA Superbike Champion came home in second.
“We had a rough time in the first part of the race and we’d pretty much settled on taking third place” said Mladin. “But we went back and made a few changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 that worked out for us.”
Sunday’s race saw Spies starting from pole position - his fourth pole of the season, thanks to a track record-setting lap of 1:49.167. With good starts before and after the red flag, Spies rode a consistent and smooth race while trying to protect his points lead. He finished in third place.
“It was one of those rough days,” he said afterward. “We just couldn’t get it done today. Jake Zemke rode a great race and we just didn’t have anything for him today. It was a little frustrating but that’s how it happens sometimes.”
Yates, meanwhile, was struggling but still brought home a top-10 finish. “The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 was good,” he said. “I feel like I’m putting in the same effort, but the lap times just aren’t there. We’ll use the four weeks off to go home and ride like crazy and come back… and ride like crazy!”
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:
1: Jake Zemke (Honda)
2: Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3: Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki)
4: Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
5: Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
6: Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
7: Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)
8: Jason Pridmore (Jordan Suzuki)
9: Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki)
10: Matt Lynn (Suzuki)
YATES 2ND IN SUPERSTOCK
Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Aaron Yates finished an impressive second place in the first-ever AMA Repsol Superstock race at the brand-new Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah, on Sunday.
This podium finish is the defending AMA Superstock Champion’s sixth out of a potential six podium finishes so far this year.
“Looking back on the race, I was trying hard from the beginning,” said Yates. “Toward the end of the race, I was really concentrating and trying to stay right with the leaders. I came around and saw the white flag and kept my head down in case Jamie Hacking made a mistake, but he didn’t. I’m just happy to bring home second on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.”
Superstock qualifying was held on Saturday afternoon, during which Yates posted a fastest lap of 1:52.392. That hot lap was good for sixth position on the second row of the starting grid.
“I switched out my bikes and I did that lap on the GSX-R1000 that I haven’t been riding as much,” said Yates of his qualifying time. “The other bike felt better, more comfortable so that’s going to be my bike for the race.”
In the 13-lap Superstock race, Yates got a good start and settled into third place. For most of the event, he stayed put but was right with the leaders as they began gapping the rest of the field. Then, on the last lap, he made a bold pass for second and captured the runner-up spot.
“I was just riding really tight,” said Yates about why he waited until the end of the race to make a pass. “I was thinking too much and I never let the Suzuki go like it could. But it was a good race and it’s always fun to race with these guys.”
Superstock Top 10 Finishers:
1: Jamie Hacking (Yamaha)
2: Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3: Geoff May (M4 EMGO Suzuki)
4: Jason Disalvo (Yamaha)
5: Matt Lynn (Suzuki)
6: Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki)
7: Josh Hayes (Honda)
8: Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
9: Aaron Gobert (Honda)
10: Marty Craggill (Hotbodies Racing Mat Mladin Motorsports Suzuki)
For more stories about Mat Mladin, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Aaron Yates, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Ben Spies, click here . For photos, click here .
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