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April 23, 2006

Apr 23, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – April 23, 2006.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies raced to his first-ever double-header victory at today’s second AMA Superbike Championship race at Barber in Alabama to take the lead in the series after three rounds.

The GSX-R1000-mounted Texan fended off Miguel Duhamel (Honda) to win by 2.8 seconds as team-mate and reigning champion Mat Mladin crashed out on the fifth lap. Mladin rejoined the race in dead last in 29th position and carved through the field to 14th before the race was red flagged on lap 21 of 28.

Mladin, starting from the fourth row, quickly caught the leaders and when third Yoshimura rider Aaron Yates and Tommy Hayden fell, he moved into third place and the final rostrum position. Yates remounted to take a well-deserved fourth place ahead of Neil Hodgson (Ducati).

Said six-time AMA Champion Mladin: "We got lucky with the red flag for sure! To come from the fourth row and put it up here on the box, we’re very, very happy."

Sunday Superbike Results:
1. Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki)
2. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
3. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki)
4. Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)

5. Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
6. Ben Bostrom (Ducati)
7. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
8. Jacob Holden (Suzuki)
9. Larry Pegram (Honda)
10. Jason Pridmore (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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