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Feb 21, 2002

Mat Mladin To Race In Australian National Series In 2002

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>During the recent AMA team test at California Speedway, we asked three-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin if he had any plans to race Suzuki's new XERO V4 MotoGP four-stroke after the AMA season's early end in August.<BR><BR>"I don't think so," said the 29-year-old Australian. "I highly doubt I'll get a run on that bike. Suzuki seems to have their plans and their riders that they want to have involved in that. It's not something I look to. If it happens then maybe I'll do it, maybe I won't. I'll just have to see what the deal is at the time and how they wanted to structure a race or two.<BR><BR>"But I have plans to go home at the end of the year straight after the last race and do a little bit of racing in the National Championship at home. So we'll just go over and do that and have a bit of fun and mess around.<BR><BR>"I've got a lot of things going on back home now. It would certainly be good to go over and do a bit of racing and to do a bit of racing back in front of the Australian fans, too. It's been a long time, six or seven years now. It's something that I certainly aspire to do some day when I finish racing professionally out of the country. I certainly want to go home and do some racing."<BR><BR>Mladin has also said that when he retires from professional racing that he would like to run Suzuki road race and motocross teams in Australia.