Mat Mladin led a Yoshimura Suzuki one-two-three at the Barber Motorsports Park today, the Australian pulling away by over 10 seconds before slowing the pace at the end to win by 7.3 seconds.
Behind him came two more Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s, the first ridden by Aaron Yates and the second with young Ben Spies at the controls. Yates rode alone in second place for most of the race before being caught by Spies in the closing stages of the race.
Fourth place went to Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson, the Brit in a war with Spies for the majority of the race until the Texan found a way past on the 24th of 28 laps. After losing touch with Spies, Hodgson maintained his pace to the finish, ending up a few seconds clear of Miguel Duhamel - the first and only of the factory Hondas to make it to the finish.
Behind Duhamel came Jordan Motorsports Suzuki's Jason Pridmore, the veteran getting the best of a intrateam battle with Steve Rapp for sixth place. Rapp finished seventh, clear of Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom, the Californian in the battle with the two Jordan bikes for the majority of the race.
Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Vincent Haskovec and Mladin Motorsports' Marty Craggill rounded out the top 10 finishers.
Notable non-finishers included American Honda's Jake Zemke, who went out of the race on the 11th lap with mechanical problems, Erion Honda's Kurtis Roberts and Attack Kawasaki's Josh Hayes.
Mladin's win keeps him perfect on the season with two pole positions and two race wins.
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
3. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
4. Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
5. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
6. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki)
7. Steve Rapp (Suzuki)
8. Eric Bostrom (Ducati)
9. Vincent Haskovec (Suzuki)
10. Marty Craggill (Suzuki)
My girlfriend and I watched the races on speed channel. By the way, my girlfriend almost got mad at me, because I couldn't keep my mouth shut!!!
Let me tell ya, Matt Malidin, along with the new K5 are unbeatable.
The best rider, on the best machine. No contest. I felt sorry for the other riders on the other bikes. I would have liked to seen Duhamel on K5. Everybody could plainly see how inferior the other bikes were. The duc people must be really smarting over how their high price, high matinance machine faired against the K5, in which you can buy three K5s for the price of one of those Duc R machine.
In fact, all of them should have been on K5s. Just like NASCAR does, put them all in one identical machines. Then we would have had a race.
Clearly, the K5 has shown it dominance, and this was the first outting. I hate to see what happens when they really fine tune the K5. I wouldn't be suprise if they started reshaping the race track or weigh the K5 down with extra wieght..
I watched the races also. After the first race, I saw how dominant the new K5 was. If Mat Malidin keeps this up there will be another title for suzuki. While watching the second race, Mat was already in the lead and running the race by himself. I thought that the best race was between Ben Spies and Miguel Duhamel. That kid is going to be nice when he gets a little more experience.
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