Round 13 Lexington OH August 2nd - Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing celebrated its 40th AMA Superbike win in a row at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon as six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin took the win. Mladin overcame a get-off and three red flags to take this victory, which marks the Australian's 69th career AMA Superbike victory and his sixth such win of the season. Defending and two-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies was recovering from a recent appendectomy but still started from pole position and followed his teammate 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.
"It was a long day for everyone, with three red flag... but that's the way it goes sometimes. It was good to get the win today for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki crew. 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."
Round 14 Lexington OH August 3rd - Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing's Mat Mladin replicates the impressive results from Saturday's AMA Superbike race in Sunday's final event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin won again and in doing so, celebrated his 70th career AMA Superbike victory and his seventh win this year. Defending, two-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies started from pole position and again followed Mladin home in second place, while Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Tommy Hayden again brought home fifth. Unlike Saturday's event, however, Sunday's was not plagued by red flags. The full 26-lap race saw Spies lead the first lap before being overtaken by Mladin. The two rode flawless races to finish on the podium.
"It was a good race for us today. We got a decent start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the guys got out there. I didn't want to let them get in a rhythm so I pushed past as quick as I could and wanted to set my pace. We made a couple changes this morning and I realized I had a bike that was capable of going a little bit quicker than yesterday so I wanted to get out there and get the most out of it while I could. I opened up a gap and was able to hold on at the end."