AMA Superbike Daytona Results

03/07/2009 @ 11:51 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on AMA Superbike Daytona Results


AMA Superbike kicked off this weekend to substantially less fanfare than WSBK did last week. AMA Superbike has become the bastard-child of road-racing for a variety of reason. One, Mat Mladin has already been forecasted to win all the races this year now that Ben Spies has moved on to World Superbikes. Two, the bikes being raced aren’t really superbikes. Three, AMA Superbike has been boring for the past 5 years or so. While we do not attempt to make excuses, or even argue these valid criticisms of AMA Superbike, you’d be wrong if you thought the first race of the AMA season was boring.  It’s true that Mladin took over on the 7th lap and  won by over a second but the actual racing was a lot more entertaining than that.


Mladin, Corona Honda’s Neil Hodgson and  Foremost Ducati’s Larry Pegram all led in the early stages of the race and Mladin’s teammate Tommy Hayden overcame a poor start that he attributed to an unfamiliar starting procedure to join a lead pack that saw numerous overtaking manuevers behind the leader.

Mladin’s grasp on the top step on the podium was in peril until he employed a backmarker to gain a bit of breathing room very late in the contest. Mat Mladin celebrated his 73rd AMA Superbike victory and also captured the coveted pole position in the new Superpole procedure, taking his 56th career pole. 

Hodgson pipped Hayden at the line in a thrilling finish for second place by .001 second when Hayden lost speed after being balked in the chicane on the last lap. Tommy Hayden qualified right behind Mladin. 

Pegram dropped back to a distant but comfortable fourth when an electrical problem forced him to switch off his 1098’s traction control. The team’s newest team member, Blake Young, started the season strong by carding an impressive fifth-place finish in his first AMA Superbike race with his new team.


Results from AMA Superbike at Daytona:

17Mathew MladinSuzuki GSX-R100015 Laps
2100Neil HodgsonHonda CBR1000RR+1.026
322Tommy HaydenSuzuki GSX-R1000+1.026
472Larry PegramDucati 1098R+10.115
579Blake YoungSuzuki GSX-R1000+16.007
62Benjamin BostromYamaha YZF-R1+16.212
723Aaron YatesSuzuki GSX-R1000+16.362
84Joshua HayesYamaha YZF-R1+28.356
98Michael LavertySuzuki GSX-R1000+28.432
1054Geoff MaySuzuki GSX-R1000+31.582
1119Jeff WoodSuzuki GSX-R1000+47.200
1296Aaron GobertHonda CBR1000RR+57.269
13121Hawk MazzottaSuzuki GSX-R1000+58.856
1418Chris UlrichSuzuki GSX-R1000+58.949
1591Jeffrey TigertHonda CBR1000RR+58.968
1661Scott JensenSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:07.584
1729Barrett LongDucati 1098R+1:07.620
1841Scott GreenwoodSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:07.941
1912Shane NarbonneSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:08.045
2027Mark CrozierYamaha YZF-R1+1:11.554
216Brett McCormickSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:17.905
22616Brad HendryDucati 1098R+1:19.438
2338Dean MizdalSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:33.792
2448Reno KarimianSuzuki GSX-R1000+1:33.942
2511Shawn HigbeeBuell 1125CR14 Laps
26269Johnny Rock PageYamaha YZF-R1+17.135
2758Josh GrahamYamaha YZF-R1+27.725
2855David LoikitsSuzuki GSX-R1000+41.848
29270Davie StoneHonda CBR1000RR13 Laps
3025David AnthonySuzuki GSX-R10008 Laps
3144Taylor KnappSuzuki GSX-R10004 Laps
3259Jake HoldenHonda CBR1000RR3 Laps
3321Ryan EllebySuzuki GSX-R10002 Laps

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