Mladin Dominates Superbike Opener at VIR; Bostrom Wins Formula Xtreme Thriller Alton, Va. (August 19) -- Six-time AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin of Australia won the opening race of the AMA Superbike doubleheader at VIRginia International...
Mladin Dominates Superbike Opener at VIR; Bostrom Wins Formula Xtreme Thriller
Alton, Va. (August 19) -- Six-time AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin of Australia won the opening race of the AMA Superbike doubleheader at VIRginia International Raceway's Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals on Saturday, topping injured Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Ben Spies.
Spies overcame a broken right hand sustained in qualifying on Friday and finished second. Neil Hodgson of Britain was third on his Parts Unlimited Ducati. Mladin passed Spies, the series leader, on the fourth lap of the 28-lap race, and won his fourth race of the year by 19.530 seconds. It was the largest margin of victory this year.
"It was a good race for us," Mladin said. "We worked hard all year, but Ben's had it over us. With his crash (Friday) he didn't have it all together, so we took advantage of the opportunity it presented."
Mladin shaved six points off Spies' series lead and now trails 533-494 with four rounds remaining. He can further cut into the deficit by winning the second race on Sunday.
In Saturday's 17-lap Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme Championship series race, Yamaha USA's Eric Bostom emerged victorious over Erion Honda's Josh Hayes by a scant 0.122 seconds after a titanic battle on the 2.25-mile VIR North Course. Bostrom's teammate Jason DiSalvo finished third.
In qualifying for the Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei, points leader Jamie Hacking put his Yamaha on the pole with a lap at 1:26.816, edging Suzuki's Geoff May (1:27.112) and Kawasaki's Roger Hayden (1:27.311). DiSalvo claimed the pole for Yamaha in qualifying for the Repsol Lubricants Superstock Series, clocking in at 1:25.485 over teammate Bostrom (1:26.002) and Suzuki's May (1:26.227). Both the Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei and the Repsol Lubricants Superstock Series will contest 17-lap races on Sunday, supporting the 28-lap second feature for the Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited.
The on-track action will get underway at 9:00 am with final practice for all three series, with the Superstock race scheduled to take the green flag at 11:50. The Supersport race is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm, and the Superbike race will wrap up the weekend's activities with the green flag scheduled for 3:15 pm.
The Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals offers a variety of ticket packages designed to fit every budget, including standard general-admissions tickets, Big Kahuna Super Tickets, Big Dog Hospitality Passes, Little Dog Hospitality Passes, Pit Walk Passes, car parking passes and camping passes. Tickets will be available at the gate.
All current military personnel will receive a 30-percent discount and free parking by presenting their ID card at the gate. Similarly, college students will be eligible for a 15-percent discount by presenting their ID card at the gate. Groups of 20 or more will also be eligible for a 15-percent discount, providing the order is paid for with one credit card. Discounts do not apply to Trackside VIP Suite and Big Kahuna Super Tickets, or to Big Dog Hospitality Passes or Pit Walk Passes.
Children aged 12 and under will receive free admission, provided they are accompanied by a paid adult, but must have a Little Dog Hospitality Pass to enter the Big Dog Hospitality area.