Death, taxes, and Mladin Superbike wins.
Despite rain, a tornado warning, and two oiled-track incidents, Yoshimura Rockstar Suzuki rider Matt Mladin chalked up his sixth and seventh Superbike wins of the 2009 season at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Al., on May 2 and 3. The Yosh team used the 2009 model GSXR1000 for the first time this season, but it didn’t seem to matter. Mladin’s teammate, Blake Young, took second on Saturday, but crashed out on Sunday and lost a part of his left pinky finger. Aaron Yates on the Jordan Suzuki GSXR1000 took second on Sunday, and Ben Bostron on the Yamaha factory R1 took third place in both races, only the third and fourth podium finishes of 2009 to non-Suzukis.
In AMA Daytona Sportbike, Martin Cardenas on his M4 Suzuki GSXR600 won both races over the weekend, and is now third in points. Cardenas’ teammate Jason DiSalvo took second on Saturday and Jamie Hacking took third on his Attack Kawasaki. Hacking took second on Sunday, followed by Danny Eslick on the Daytona Racing/RMR Buell 1125R. Hacking now leads the points battle with 146 to Eslick’s 143.
In the MotoGT two-hour endurance race on Saturday, the GT1 class was won by the Crozier Motorsports Triumph 675 (from pole position), followed by the HurtByAccident Suzuki GSXR600 in second and the Aussie Dave Racing GSXR600 in third. In GT2, the HurtByAccident Ducati PS1000 took the win, followed by Greenville, S.C.’s Touring Sport/Ducshop Ducati PS1000 in second and D&D Cycles’s Suzuki SV650 in third. The race was stopped early due to oil on the track, and was controversial in that the winners were in the pits for their mandatory rider swap when the red flag came out.
In the up-and-comer AMA Daytona SuperSport race on Sunday, Garrett Carter took first place on his Ridersdiscount.com Yamaha R6, followed by Russ Wikle on the Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSXR600 in second and Huntley Nash on the Arai/Racing Sport Services Yamaha R6. Chattanooga’s Kris Turner had moved from ninth to third when he nearly high-sided and made a remarkable rodeo-style recovery, only to drop the bike at walking speed in the mud. He remounted and finished a disappointing 16th in the rain-shortened event.