Round 10 – AMA Superbike Series, Race 1
Virginia International Raceway
August 14-16, 2009
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.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race again tomorrow in the second of two Superbike races at VIR in Alton, Virginia.