Spies takes Mid-Ohio Superbike Double2006-08-07 08:54
Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies won his 10th AMA Superbike race of the season at Mid-Ohio in Lexington today by repeating his victorious performance from Saturday's Superbike race as team mate and defending AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin finished in second place.
With the victory, Spies became only the third rider ever to sweep a double-header AMA Superbike race weekend at Mid-Ohio; the other two riders were his team mates Mladin and Aaron Yates - who crashed out of this weekend's race.
"It was harder today than it was yesterday," said 22-year-old Spies. "Mat and Miguel Duhamel picked up the pace. My Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is working awesome and I just tried to ride my own race. It's good to see two Suzukis up here on the podium again."
The 26-lap race saw Spies get a great start and lead every lap to take the victory and extend his points lead in the title chase. "The Superbike Championship is the biggest thing in my mind and it has been all year," said Spies. "The bike is working great and we just want to keep doing what we've been doing all season. The Championship is what we're shooting for and whatever else comes with that will just be icing on the cake."
Like Spies, Mladin also got a good start and battled for second place for most of the 26 laps. He was successful in the end and happy with the result.
"It was a close race and Ben did a great job," said six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin. "At the start, I had nothing for Ben and I had settled on coming in third. But then with about six or seven laps to go, I decided to have a run at Miguel. I never thought I'd have so much fun racing for second place."
Yates had a tougher time. He had a rough start and was working his way through the field when another rider crashed in front of him. He was unable to get around the other rider and went down himself.
"I didn't get as good of a start as I needed," said Yates. "It took me a couple of laps to start catching the leaders. But the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 was running good and I was able to get through the traffic. But then Ben Bostrom high-sided right in front of me and I tried to go inside but I didn't make it."
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:
1 Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki)
2 Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3 Ben Bostrom (Ducati)
4 Jake Zemke (Honda)
5 Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
6 Jason Pridmore (Jordan Suzuki)
7 Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
8 Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
9 Jake Holden (Jordan Suzuki)
10 Matt Lynn (Suzuki)
Championship Points (after 15 races): 1 Spies 501, 2 Mladin 456, 3 Duhamel 387, 4 Hodgson 358, 5 T Hayden 354, 6 Yates 335, 7 Zemke 325, 8 Pridmore 285, 9 Bostrom 284, 10 Pegram 260.
YATES TAKES SUPERSTOCK PODIUM
In spite of a red flag and a complete restart in Sunday's AMA Repsol Superstock race, Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates rode to an impressive third-place finish at Mid-Ohio in Lexington.
This year, the defending AMA Superstock Champion has been on the podium for every event and this race was no exception: He said: "The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is running really strong and we had a good race. The red flag helped us a bit because I got a better start the second time out and it's tough to get around folks on this track."
On Saturday afternoon, Yates qualified on the front row of the starting grid after posting a fastest lap time of 1:26.530 on his GSX-R1000 Superstock bike.
"We had a good session," he said about picking up the fourth spot on the grid. "I was happy with the way the Suzuki was running. The qualifying tyre didn't work that well but we also had a soft race tyre to try. I went out on that and did my fastest lap on that tyre. I felt like if we'd had a standard race tyre, we could have been a little quicker. I feel good about the race, though it looks like the other guys are going to be strong too."
As in qualifying, Yates set the fastest lap of the 16-lap race: In the first start, he was out in fourth position when a rider went down and a red flag was thrown. After the restart, the Georgian got an even better start on his and was quickly into second position. He rode a fast and aggressive pace and wound up in third place.
"I tried hard and the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is great," said Yates. "The bike is running good; I'm giving it my all and I hate to see the championship start to slip away but I'm doing my best. In a few weeks we go to Virginia and that track has treated me fairly well. My Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 has given me some good success there and I'm looking forward to the race."
Superstock Top 10 Finishers:
1 Jamie Hacking (Yamaha)
2 Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
3 Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)
4 Geoff May (Team M4 EMGO Suzuki)
5 Jake Holden (Jordan Suzuki)
6 Jason Disalvo (Yamaha)
7 Aaron Gobert (Honda)
8 Josh Hayes (Honda)
9 Marty Craggill (Hotbodies Racing Mat Mladin Motorsports Suzuki)
10 Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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