Mladin, Hayden race 1 interviews VIR

AMA Superbike: Race 1

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin carded yet another AMA Superbike podium finish, this time at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon. Six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin brought home second place in the first of two 23-lap races in the AMA Superbike double-header weekend. Mladin has been leading the championship points in the series all season and had hoped to clinch his seventh title on Saturday. As it turns out, the Australian came up a few points shy but will have the chance to wrap up his seventh AMA Superbike championship on Sunday afternoon. Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Tommy Hayden and Blake Young finished up the day in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Young ran up front for several laps before settling into fifth position for much of the race. Hayden himself was running in sixth place until the last lap, when he overtook his teammate Young and moved up a spot. In the overall championship points standings, Hayden is in second place behind teammate Mladin and rookie Young is in sixth place.

2nd – Mat Mladin Speaks…

"Josh (Hayes, the race winner) has been fast all weekend and he did a great job today. As I said on the podium, my guys have been quietly telling me all weekend to go ahead and get the championship wrapped up. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. But today it wouldn’t have mattered what I did — even if I’d pushed as hard as I could, I didn’t have anything for Josh. He was just too fast today. We’ll try to get through tomorrow, go to New Jersey and that’s it. The fans here are great and I enjoy the racetrack and it’s nice to come to a decent track that is safe and put on a good show for the crowd."

5th – Tommy Hayden Speaks…

"I knew my race was going to be tough today because we were starting from the third row. I dug myself into a little bit of a hole yesterday with qualifying. But I felt pretty fast this morning so I felt like if I could get in there, I had a pretty decent pace with the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. I thought that I got a good start but then we got through turn one and the start wasn’t as good as I first thought. But then I picked off a couple of guys… and latched on to the battle for third. I’d really wanted to do better today. Hopefully, tomorrow we can make a few changes and run more at the front tomorrow."

8th – Blake Young Speaks…

"The race started out pretty good, considering we started from the second row. I got a pretty good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. I put my head down and tried to put in some good laps, but some guys got past me. But we learned a lot in the race today about the bike that I think we can use to go better in the race tomorrow."

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race again tomorrow in the second of two Superbike races at VIR in Alton, Virginia.

AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers

1. Josh Hayes, Yamaha
2. Mat Mladin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
3. Ben Bostrom, Yamaha
4. Aaron Yates, Jordan Suzuki
5. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
6. Blake Young, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
7. Jake Holden, Honda
8. Taylor Knapp, Suzuki
9. Michael Laverty, Suzuki
10. Jeff Wood, Suzuki

AMA Superbike Points Standings

1. Mat Mladin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
2. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
3. Josh Hayes, Yamaha
4. Larry Pegram, Ducati
5. Ben Bostrom, Yamaha
6. Blake Young, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
7. Aaron Yates, Jordan Suzuki
8. Geoff May, National Guard Jordan Suzuki
9. Taylor Knapp, Suzuki
10. Jake Holden, Honda


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