Yesterday, Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom broke through to win his first superbike race of this AMA season, with Suzuki’s Mat Mladin hounding him the entire race and finishing a close second.
The AMA also announced a $5,000.00 fine against Mladin, and stripped Mladin of a single championship point, as a result of comments Mladin made at a press conference following qualifying for the superbike race during the weekend.
We have seen most of Mladin’s comments (look at amasuperbike.com for Saturday’s post-qualifying press conference), and, although we do not always agree with Mladin, his comments about safety were largely accurate (from what we can tell, and from the concurrence of fellow competitors). Loudon has always been a dangerous track, and claims that the track has been significantly changed to increase safety for superbike racers is something that is controverted not only by Mladin, but by most (if not all) of the other riders.
Superbike Final Race Results (Top 10)
1. Eric Bostrom #32 KAWASAKI 2. Mat Mladin #1 SUZUKI 3. Aaron Yates #20 SUZUKI 4. Nicky Hayden #69 HONDA 5. Jamie Hacking #92 SUZUKI 6. Doug Chandler #10 KAWASAKI 7. Steve Rapp #82 DUCATI 8. Miguel Duhamel #17 HONDA 9. Tommy Hayden #22 YAMAHA 10. Larry Pegram #72 DUCATI
Superbike Points Standing (Top 10)
1. Mat Mladin #1 SUZUKI 230 pts. 2. Eric Bostrom #32 KAWASAKI 200 pts. 3. Nicky Hayden #69 HONDA 163 pts. 4. Doug Chandler #10 KAWASAKI 163 pts. 5. Tommy Hayden #22 YAMAHA 161 pts. 6. Aaron Yates #20 SUZUKI 155 pts. 7. Jamie Hacking #92 SUZUKI 136 pts. 8. Miguel Duhamel #17 HONDA 136 pts. 9. Larry Pegram #72 DUCATI 133 pts. 10. Anthony Gobert #16 YAMAHA 126 pts.