Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing’s Mat Mladin celebrated his fifth AMA Superbike win of the year and his 68th such career victory at Monterey, California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday afternoon. The six-time AMA Superbike Champion put in an impressive ride on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000, finishing 10 seconds in front of his teammate Ben Spies.
Defending, two time AMA Superbike Champion Spies started from pole position (his fifth of the year and 21st of his career) and got the holeshot in the 28-lap race, but – having just finished a remarkable eighth place in the day’s earlier MotoGP race – was passed by his teammate and finished in second place.
Finally, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden returned to racing after having been out due to injury for more than two months. The former AMA Supersport Champion raced his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a more-than-respectable fifth-place finish.