Mladin's victory gave Suzuki their 40th consecutive AMA win
THE AMA Suzuki Factory Racing squad celebrated its 40th AMA Superbike win in a row at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday as six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin took the win. Mladin overcame a crash and no less than three red flags to take the victory, which marks the Australian's 69th career AMA Superbike victory and his sixth win of the season.
Defending and twice AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies was recovering from a recent appendectomy but still started from pole position and followed Mladin home in second place.
The Mid-Ohio race was originally slated to be a 26-lap event, but the multiple red flags resulted in the race being abbreviated to 19 laps.
Mladin said: "It was a long day for everyone, with three red flags… but that's the way it goes sometimes. It was good to get the win today. I would have preferred to have gotten a full 26 lap race in because we don't seem to do it very much here at Mid-Ohio. But I'm happy to get the win, and it was a good day for us."
Spies added: "The first section of the race was good, I got locked into third place and was pretty comfortable there… then the first red flag came out. In the re-start, everything worked out and then there was another red flag and another re-start. In the final bit of the race, I was comfortable on the Suzuki though and I was able to make a pass and get second, so I was pretty happy with that."
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
3. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
4. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
5. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
6. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
7. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Chris Peris (Suzuki)
10.Kenny Noyes (Suzuki)