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Nicky Hayden Out Duels Mladin for Laguna Seca AMA Superbike Victory

In a race that boiled down to a close contest between the two dominant figures in this season’s AMA Superbike championship, Honda’s Nicky Hayden came out on top over Suzuki’s Mat Mladin, tightening the points’ race (still led by Mladin)

Pole sitter John Kocinski (Ducati) led the first several laps before crashing in the corkscrew. This left Hayden and Mladin at the front of the pack, and their close battle continued throughout the remainder of the race.

To Mladin’s credit, he nearly crashed twice going through the corkscrew (including one time when he literally dropped through the corkscrew off the track in the dirt), yet he stayed close enough to pass Hayden twice during the latter stages of the race.

Finishing third was Mladin’s teammate Aaron Yates, with Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom fourth.

Superbike Final Race Results (Top 10)

  1. Nicky Hayden (#69 - HONDA)
  2. Mat Mladin (#1 - SUZUKI)
  3. Aaron Yates (#20 - SUZUKI)
  4. Eric Bostrom (#32 - KAWASAKI)
  5. Tommy Hayden (#22 - YAMAHA)
  6. Steve Rapp (#82 - DUCATI)
  7. Jamie Hacking (#92 - YAMAHA)
  8. Miguel Duhamel (#17 - HONDA)
  9. Doug Chandler (#10 - KAWASAKI)
  10. Larry Pegram (#72 - DUCATI)

Superbike Championship Points Standing (After Round 7 of 12) (Top 10)

1.	Mat Mladin	(#1  - SUZUKI)		241 pts.
2.	Nicky Hayden	(#69 - HONDA)		232 pts.
3.	Aaron Yates	(#20 - SUZUKI)		195 pts.
4.	Eric Bostrom	(#32 - KAWASAKI)	191 pts.
5.	Doug Chandler	(#10 - KAWASAKI)	168 pts.
6.	Miguel Duhamel	(#17 - HONDA)		160 pts.
7.	Tommy Hayden	(#22 - YAMAHA)		157 pts.
8.	Pascal Picotte	(#21 - HARLEY-DAVIDSON)	154 pts.
9.	Steve Rapp	(#82 - DUCATI)		151 pts.
10.	Jamie Hacking	(#92 - YAMAHA)		134 pts.