Mat Mladin has announced this weekend that he will retire from motorcycle racing at the end of this season. Originally thought to be only reitiring from the AMA, and presumably looking to World Superbike or MotoGP for his next-step, Mladin has confirmed that his absense from Superbike racing here in the US is in fact a complete departure from the sport.
Mladin has always been one to voice his opinion, and clearly he has not been happy with the performance of the Daytona Motorcycle Group in managing AMA racing. While certainly the recent events of the AMA play a factor in Mladin’s decision to retire, one also has to keep in mind that Mat is 37 years old now, and has been a dominating force in AMA Superbike racing for the past 10 years.
Mladin has also been a loud advocate for rider safety in motorcycle racing. For this reason, Mladin is also sitting out this weekend’s AMA stop at Topeka. Speaking on Twitter, Mladin sandblasted the AMA, fellow racers, and bike rags for their failure to stand-up and hold track officials accountable for what he believes to be unsafe conditions.