American Superbike -- Daytona Results

Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin won the inaugural American Superbike race today at Daytona International Speedway. So what, you say, won't Mladin win them all  this year now that Ben Spies has moved on to World Superbikes? Besides, those bikes they're riding aren't really superbikes, are they? You'd be wrong if you looked at the spec sheet and the finishing order and thought the race was boring.  It's true that Mladin took over on the 7th lap and  won by over a second but the actual racing was a lot more entertaining than that.

Mladin, Corona Honda's Neil Hodgson and  Foremost Ducati's Larry Pegram all led in the early stages of the race and Mladin's teammate Tommy Hayden overcame a poor start that he attributed to an unfamiliar starting procedure to join a lead pack that saw numerous overtaking manuevers behind the leader. Mladin's grasp on the top step on the podium was in peril until he employed a backmarker to gain a bit of breathing room very late in the contest. Hodgson pipped Hayden at the line in a thrilling finish for second place by .001 second when Hayden lost speed after being  balked in the chicane on the last lap. Pegram dropped back to a distant but comfortable fourth when an electrical problem forced him to switch off his 1098's traction control.

Blake Young took fifth place in his debut performance for Yosimura Suzuki after a nearly race-long battle with Graves Yamaha's Ben Bostrom. Bostrom's teammate, Josh Hayes, dropped back after an off-track excursion in the horseshoe. Hayes was sandwiched by Jordan Suzuki teammates Aaron Yates and Geoff May.

While it may be true that the hardware isn't state of the art and the finishing order looks like the same old, the point of racing is close battles and exciting finishes. Today's race delivered those requirements in spades and the series only looks to get better as the season progresses.

Full results of Superbike race 1 

17Mathew MladinSuzuki GSX-R100015 Laps
2100Neil HodgsonHonda CBR1000RR+1.026
322Tommy HaydenSuzuki GSX-R1000+1.026
472Larry PegramDucati 1098R+10.115
579Blake YoungSuzuki GSX-R1000+16.007
62Benjamin BostromYamaha YZF-R1+16.212
723Aaron YatesSuzuki GSX-R1000+16.362
84Joshua HayesYamaha YZF-R1+28.356
98Michael LavertySuzuki GSX-R1000+28.432
1054Geoff MaySuzuki GSX-R1000+31.582
1119Jeff WoodSuzuki GSX-R1000+47.200
1296Aaron GobertHonda CBR1000RR+57.269
13121Hawk MazzottaSuzuki GSX-R1000+58.856
1418Chris UlrichSuzuki GSX-R1000+58.949
1591Jeffrey TigertHonda CBR1000RR+58.968
1661Scott JensenSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:07.584
1729Barrett LongDucati 1098R+1:07.620
1841Scott GreenwoodSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:07.941
1912Shane NarbonneSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:08.045
2027Mark CrozierYamaha YZF-R1+1:11.554
216Brett McCormickSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:17.905
22616Brad HendryDucati 1098R+1:19.438
2338Dean MizdalSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:33.792
2448Reno KarimianSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:33.942
2511Shawn HigbeeBuell 1125CR14 Laps
26269Johnny Rock PageYamaha YZF-R1+17.135
2758Josh GrahamYamaha YZF-R1+27.725
2855David LoikitsSuzuki GSX-R1000+41.848
29270Davie StoneHonda CBR1000RR13 Laps
3025David AnthonySuzuki GSX-R10008 Laps
3144Taylor KnappSuzuki GSX-R10004 Laps
3259Jake HoldenHonda CBR1000RR3 Laps
3321Ryan EllebySuzuki GSX-R10002 Laps


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Comments one will ever know how close the race was as it will never be broadcast in its entirety. Highlights will be seen but that is all. I'm amazed at how little attention this race has received on motorcycle boards I frequent.

It was a complete non-event and DMG wanted it that way. Why else run it on a Thursday???????

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