Former AMA Superbike Champion launches scathing attack on race series organisers and announces his retirement
SIX-TIME AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing.
The Australian's decision to quit comes with a scathing attack on AMA race series organisers and the lack of circuit safety at many of the championship venues. Speaking on his Twitter page, Mladin also attacks his fellow riders, calling their unwillingness to speak up about the lack of safety as 'spineless'. He says:
"So Topeka today! 170mph turn 1 and you can hit the concrete with your shoulder, which leads to turn 2 head on into concrete which leads to turn 3 where a wall has removed and if you run off the track you go into a 10ft deep ditch. The track seem willing to do work but the wrong people are advising what to do and unfortunately I do not wish to die or be busted up waiting for that work to be done. Some riders are saying that the work will happen in stages. It's the reason why some places we go now are still bad. Because riders wont stand up and be counted. Amazing how great they can ride a bike but be the most gutless people I have ever known. Spineless!"
Mladin's decision to quit will come as a disappointment to many; the Australian was rumoured to be heading to World Superbikes in 2010, a move which would have seen Mladin battling with former AMA arch rival Ben Spies.
Posted: 03/08/2009 at 21:24
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 00:47
Yeah, make a move a-la-nicky and become a one hit wonder outside AMA...
I don't know, maybe one season in WSBK just to see what he's made of.
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 00:55
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 09:51
What a bunch of ignorant, xenophobic jerks so many Brits are these days. Of course, you are all " so young or so stupid " that you don't appreciate Mladin rode Moto GP for Cagiva alongside Eddie Lawson in 1993 and was going really well until Cagiva pulled the pin and left the Series... He also smashed his leg and foot in an aircraft crash but STILL came back to race again. No guts, eh? Mladin is a " class "act and multi-capable rider who taught Ben Spies everything he knows and has nothing to prove whatsoever to a little dysfunctional and intellectually-handicapped coterie of whinging homophobes like you. Just for the record - he has several children and a happy and long marriage. This fact makes your bullshit even more pathetic. Go and learn something about motorcycle racing B4 you lunge in and demonstrate to the World how incredibly moronic you are. At 37 with nothing left to prove, still displaying respect and concern for his competitors safety, a thriving multi-national parts & accessories business and a millionaire many, many times over - I doubt he gives a rat's arse what you think. Get a life!
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 09:58
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 10:23
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 14:35
I seem to remember Barry Sheene making very similar comments in the 1970's and moreover taking matters into his own hands on occasion (he set fire to some disgusting toilets in Finland, I think it was).
No doubt elbows in and jamieg999 would have the same comments about Barry. By the way I am British though I live in the USA, about a days drive from Topeka. I have seen Barry and Matt race and I have the greatest respect.
Learn your history and your tracks before you comment lads.
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 15:12
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 16:14
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 18:16
I respect the guy as a racer but agree with the few that stated that if he's out of his comfort zone, he's a bitch! Here's a guy that should have been in WSBK for years but copped out so he could romp in AMA and have 1 guy to battle on the weekends for an crazy amount of money. And he's full of crap at topeka. I've raced there many times and the wall in turn 1 would be a problem if you banked a hard left an 1/8 of a mile down a 1/4 mile straight. Turn 2 has been retooled into a dog leg right (the actual turn 2 is a 90 degree) with no wall and added a run off (watch it on tv) and turn 3 is a mirror image of turn 2! The pavement could be resurfaced in a bad way, but in all Topeka did a great job. So you don't want to race because your not comfortable, well stick around and support your "TEAM AND SPONSORS!" Don't just take 7 practice laps and jet. I would have more respect had he stuck around and supported Hayden and Young and put his face out there for the fans he keeps saying thanks to.
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 19:26
Yikes, sure is a lot of angry Americans out there. Good for you chaps, glad your sticking up for Mat. But how can you say he has nothing left to prove? He hasn't won a WSBK title, or a MotoGP title.
Try not to be so personal with your replies, it really hurts my feelings. This is a forum, a place for considered debate for mutually consenting adults, not just some crazy free for all.
Posted: 04/08/2009 at 20:48
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 00:10
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 00:43
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 02:11
IMO Mat seems to be trying to make the sport better and safer for him and fellow riders. If it waasn't for a pay check none of the other riders would of raced either, as happened when when sheene, Roberts etc (payed up racers) sat out at a few unsafe curcuits in the 70's.
I do think it was a bit piss poor of Mat not to come into the WSBK paddock to win a World title. He has said himself he was bored with no 'real' competition until Ben came along. He should of attempted WSBK about 4-5 years ago. he proved he could see the likes of hodgson, and the Bostrum brothers, off all WSBK race winners (and a title)
but you've got to take a step back and think of the bigger picture. What you've got to remember is all the travelling etc for him and his family. Surely when you apply or get a job offer you think about your family needs too??? With only 2 rounds in its current format Mat would of been away from home for most of the season.
i hope he doesn't hang his boots up. One crack at WSBK.
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 07:55
It seems to have kicked off a bit here, I was & am very much aware that Mladin is Australian & I would suspect of eastern European descent given his name. Outside of the mighty US of A (except in Oz in 92) he hasn't done anything. Saying he would've done this or that is a bit like saying Fogarty would've done this or that. The facts show that they didn't/haven't, no hang on, World Endurance champion for Fogarty, sorry. Oh, hang on again, a 4th & 6th in GP's too. And before you start I don't like Fogarty particularly.
You're right, he has transplanted everything he knows to Spies ( surprised he can still ride ) & we will see exactly what Spies does with that gift full time in MotoGP at some point soon. I suspect he'll be about the same as Edwards/Toseland/Haga/Bayliss etc etc were/are. Back to Mat, the facts outside of America don't add up to much ( a bit like Hodgson in reverse ) & the fact that he's chosen to stay well within his comfort zone are not, in my opinion, what makes a good rider great. As for the homophobia, I've checked with my gay friend & he reckons poof is about level with Brit on the insult stakes ie not really much to shout about. John Scull, you do sound very American with your "jerks", "bullshits", "spewing" & over bearing demeanour hence I suspect the inference was given. And you do sound very angry.
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 12:00
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 12:03
As for booing Stoner, let me tell you a little story:
Day of Champions 2007, Stoner gets out of his BMW X5 taxi with the lovely Adriana & gets up on stage to boos. I'm stood at the back of the stage with a small group of people who keep changing as the rider changes ( I think they're called fans ), Casey comes off stage looking pretty dejected, he's about to get back into the car to go back to the paddock when the little lad next to me says " Casey, can I have your autograph please?", Casey pauses, Adriana nudges him & with some reluctance he says " sure ". After signing 5 or 6 programs I say " Casey, can you sign my lid please?", he says " sure " & after attempting to sign it in the rain (albeit under an umbrella) he succeeds, whilst he's struggling to sign I say " don't worry about those idiots, you're the real deal & come november they'll all know it " he looks me square in the eye, smiles & says " thanks mate ". Nuff said
As for booing Pedrosa, I wouldn't bother, I don't rate him enough & wished he'd stayed in 250's where he would've been the greatest of all time, hopefully he'll go to Moto2 where he could easily dominate for a decade.
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 12:19
I know he's constantly critisized the tracks in the US and they DO look terrible! Seems he's free to retire and name the tracks as a strong reason for retirement now he's proven to be a multiple winner and taken the rewards!
I guess the walls are easier to see now!
Shame he never moved back to the world stage. It goes without saying a world carreer was cut short when-rightly at the time-he couldn't get another ride. I suspect if he had gone to MotoGP say when the it started he would have been in the same boat as the other ex WSB riders who tried it though who's to say.
Not going to the world stage does always leave that big ? over any sporting career and that is undeniable.
As for the screamy rants above.....well everybody has different opinions its a shame people can't take them on board.
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 13:15
Oh and as for booing people....thats just sport happens all the time but for some reason not in MC racing?
Boo who ya want you've paid your money. The spectator makes the sport what it is, and it can add to the enjoyment at track side, to spice up a race, to add to the hero and villain aspect of the competition. Take it on the chin Casey and move on, sure your probably a good guy but your in a sport and feelings for whatever reason run high.
I'll shut up now.
Posted: 05/08/2009 at 13:19
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