Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin swept both races of the Suzuki Superbike Showdown at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, the points tally the best he could hope for heading into the final round of the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship at Virginia International Raceway in two weeks.
Mladin credited two factors for his success; his ability to get through traffic and "the best GSX-R1000 I’ve ever ridden." Second in the mostly processional race at the front went to American Honda’s Miguel Duhamel with teammate Ben Bostrom third and Erion Honda’s Jake Zemke fourth.
"The bike was fast, just came up a little short," Duhamel said, crediting Mladin with better use of traffic. "Mat (Mladin) won the race and we came in second." The points add up to Mladin having a 42 point lead, 532 to 490, over Zemke. Duhamel is third at 477. Ben Bostrom moved into fourth with 364.
Mladin’s eighth win of the season gives him 32 for his career, two better than Duhamel for all-time best.
Attack Kawasaki’s Josh Hayes had a solitary run to fifth, a positive result consider his troubles this weekend. Yesterday he crashed hard in the first Superbike race and was still suffering today, informs Cycle News.
According to the Atlanta Journal, once out in front, the four-times US champion worked his way steadily through the lapped traffic to beat home Honda rider Miguel DuHamel.
"Qualifying was good for us, it's always great to get that extra point, especially as we put a good lap together," Mladin said.
"We put a qualifier in and got a good lap on that tyre.
"Suzuki Japan along with our Yoshimura team have been working really hard over the past few months and if it wasn't for that, this championship would have been much harder to chase.
"That hard work is what winning championships is all about."
"I don't think that we need to change much on the bike for tomorrow's race.
"It felt really good out there today, but were getting to a point now in the championship where we have to start thinking about it a little bit, so well just see how tomorrow pans out.", reports Fox Sports.
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