American Superbike 2008 – Laguna Seca

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Trio Sweeps Final AMA Superbike Podium of Season
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mladin wins race, Spies celebrates third title & Hayden rounds out Laguna Seca podium
Round 19 – AMA Superbike Series, Monterey, California, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 27 – 28, 2008

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing celebrated the end of the 2008 AMA Superbike season in true championship-winning style – by sweeping the AMA Superbike podium one-two-three at the final round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on Sunday afternoon.

Six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin won the 28-lap race, which means his career wins number 72 and this is his third win at Laguna Seca. Additionally, Mladin picked up his 55th career pole position this weekend.

Newly crowned AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies finished second in the Laguna Seca race. Overall, three-time AMA Superbike Champion Spies has 10 wins for the year and eight additional podium finishes.

Rounding out the all-Rockstar Makita Suzuki podium was Tommy Hayden in third place. This result marks Hayden’s ninth AMA Superbike podium of the year, in spite of missing six races because of injury.

In the overall championship points standings, Spies finished first, Mladin finished second and Hayden finished eighth.

Mat Mladin:
“It was a good race for us overall and it was nice to get a win at this track, in particular. I got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I just put my head down and ran some good laps. I’m excited to get another win at Laguna Seca – I guess I’ve finally got this place figured out after 13 years. It’s fantastic for Suzuki to get up here one-two-three, and I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully a fair series.”

Ben Spies:
“I didn’t get off the start like I wanted to, but that sort of made it a fun race because I had to make a lot of passes to get up front. By the time I got into second place, I could see the pace Mat was running and I could see the gap and I knew I wasn’t super-human so I just decided to have some fun out there. It was a good race, I just didn’t have enough for the win today. Congratulations to my Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates for a good race today and it’s a great way for Suzuki to finish the season. It says a lot about Suzuki and it says a little about the three of us too.”

Tommy Hayden:
“It was a pretty good race. I got another great start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I just tried to settle into a rhythm. Then Mat came by and I tried to latch on to him and stay with him for as long as I could, which wasn’t very long. A little bit later Ben came by and then (Jordan Suzuki’s) Aaron Yates. Aaron and I had a battle for a while, then I got by him and just tried put in some good laps and bring home another podium finish for Rockstar Makita Suzuki.”

SBK RACE 1 CHAMPIONSHIP
  1. Mladin
  2. Spies 12.58
  3. T Hayden 17.90
  4. Yates 21.23
  5. Hodgson 28.55
  6. E Bostrom 37.09
  7. DuHamel 37.71
  8. DiSalvo 50.21
  9. Szoke 1 lap
  10. Peris 1 lap
  1. Spies 652
  2. Mladin 557
  3. DiSalvo 463
  4. E Bostrom 445
  5. Hacking 421
  6. Hodgson 419
  7. DuHamel 412
  8. T Hayden 372
  9. Yates 365
  10. May 357
SS RACE SS CHAMPIONSHIP
  1. B Bostrom
  2. Herrin 0.01
  3. R Hayden 3.22
  4. Davies 12.14
  5. Young 12.19
  6. Cardenas 12.25
  7. Rapp 12.40
  8. Zemke 22.82
  9. T Hayden 34.48
  10. Eslick 45.12
  1. B Bostrom 361
  2. Zemke 330
  3. Hayes 286
  4. Young 267
  5. Herrin 263
  6. Davies 239
  7. West 236
  8. Gobert 220
  9. Beck 190
  10. Eslick 180