AMA Superbike Daytona Results

03/07/2009 @ 11:51 am, by Jensen BeelerADD COMMENTS


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:

Pos. Number Rider Bike Time
1 7 Mathew Mladin Suzuki GSX-R1000 15 Laps
2 100 Neil Hodgson Honda CBR1000RR +1.026
3 22 Tommy Hayden Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1.026
4 72 Larry Pegram Ducati 1098R +10.115
5 79 Blake Young Suzuki GSX-R1000 +16.007
6 2 Benjamin Bostrom Yamaha YZF-R1 +16.212
7 23 Aaron Yates Suzuki GSX-R1000 +16.362
8 4 Joshua Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 +28.356
9 8 Michael Laverty Suzuki GSX-R1000 +28.432
10 54 Geoff May Suzuki GSX-R1000 +31.582
11 19 Jeff Wood Suzuki GSX-R1000 +47.200
12 96 Aaron Gobert Honda CBR1000RR +57.269
13 121 Hawk Mazzotta Suzuki GSX-R1000 +58.856
14 18 Chris Ulrich Suzuki GSX-R1000 +58.949
15 91 Jeffrey Tigert Honda CBR1000RR +58.968
16 61 Scott Jensen Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:07.584
17 29 Barrett Long Ducati 1098R +1:07.620
18 41 Scott Greenwood Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:07.941
19 12 Shane Narbonne Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:08.045
20 27 Mark Crozier Yamaha YZF-R1 +1:11.554
21 6 Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:17.905
22 616 Brad Hendry Ducati 1098R +1:19.438
23 38 Dean Mizdal Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:33.792
24 48 Reno Karimian Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1:33.942
25 11 Shawn Higbee Buell 1125CR 14 Laps
26 269 Johnny Rock Page Yamaha YZF-R1 +17.135
27 58 Josh Graham Yamaha YZF-R1 +27.725
28 55 David Loikits Suzuki GSX-R1000 +41.848
29 270 Davie Stone Honda CBR1000RR 13 Laps
30 25 David Anthony Suzuki GSX-R1000 8 Laps
31 44 Taylor Knapp Suzuki GSX-R1000 4 Laps
32 59 Jake Holden Honda CBR1000RR 3 Laps
33 21 Ryan Elleby Suzuki GSX-R1000 2 Laps

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