Peter Doyle, after working with Mat Mladin on his championship run, is now Blake Young’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 crew chief. Pete will bring a wealth of experience to Blake’s effort and this is a big plus for the Wisconsin racer. Blake Young, had a great rookie Superbike season and is poised to challenge Tommy Hayden and others for the 2010 AMA Superbike title, now that 7-time champion Mat Mladin has retired.
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Team Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Blake Young are fine-tuning their race bikes and gearing up to make Suzuki’s championship-winning GSX-R1000 a winner again in 2010. Hayden and Young were recently out on their new 2010 GSX-R1000s for two days of testing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California before the beginning of the AMA Superbike season.
Hayden, coming off an impressive 2009 Superbike season, is making preparations to take the championship in 2010.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden celebrated an impressive second-place finish in Sunday’s AMA Superbike race at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. After finishing fourth in Saturday’s race, Hayden was particularly pleased with Sunday’s results. The Kentucky rider got a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was moving into position to battle for second place with his teammate Blake Young.
Young, however, went into a turn a little too fast at this point and ran off the track.
Tommy Hayden brought home a podium finish in the second of two AMA Superbike races in the series double-header weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon (Round 8 – AMA Superbike Series, Race 2). Although Hayden had struggled in Saturday’s race and finished sixth, on Sunday the Kentucky native put all the proverbial pieces together and captured a third-place finish on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. This result marks Hayden’s seventh visit to the AMA Superbike podium this year and he is currently second overall in the championship points standings.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin overcame cold, damp conditions to take his ninth (out of a possible 10) AMA Superbike win of the season in the first race of the double-header weekend on Saturday afternoon at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The six-time AMA Superbike Champion started from pole position and got off to a conservative start in the wet. Even so, he took the lead within several laps and led all the way to the race’s end.
Mat Mladin maintained his perfect record for 2009 and Jason DiSalvo scored his second consecutive Superpole in qualifying for this weekend’s AMA Pro Honda Superbike Classic doubleheaders at Barber Motorsports Park.