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Jun 9, 2001

Mladin Wins First Race In AMA Superbike Doubleheader At Road America

Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin went to the front and pulled away to win the first of two AMA Superbike races scheduled for this weekend at Road America. Mladin at one point led by over four seconds but eased up to cross the finish line 1.8 seconds ahead of battling Anthony Gobert and Jamie Hacking. Kurtis Roberts, who had been racing with Gobert and Hacking, crashed on lap 14 but remounted to cross the finish line 14th. Aaron Yates also contested for second early-on but faded back and finished sixth.<BR><BR>The race was red-flagged on the first lap due to a crash in the fast back-straight kink, and was completely restarted for 16 laps after a delay to repair and re-deploy Air Fence.<BR><BR>Mladin used a thin-gage Dunlop tire, which has less tread thickness to reduce heat buildup.<BR><BR>Results follow:<BR><BR>1. Mat Mladin, Suzuki<BR>2. Anthony Gobert, Yamaha<BR>3. Jamie Hacking, Suzuki<BR>4. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki<BR>5. Nicky Hayden, Honda<BR>6. Aaron Yates, Suzuki<BR>7. Tommy Hayden, Yamaha<BR>8. Miguel Duhamel, Honda<BR>9. Doug Chandler, Kawasaki<BR>10. Andy Meklau, Ducati<BR>11. Larry Pegram, Ducati<BR>12. Steve Rapp, Ducati<BR>13. Kurtis Roberts, Honda<BR>14. Mike Smith, Harley-Davidson<BR>15. Pascal Picotte, Harley-Davidson<BR>16. Jordan Szoke, Harley-Davidson<BR>17. Andy Deatherage, Suzuki<BR>18. Mauro Cereda, Suzuki, -1 lap<BR>19. Rich Conicelli, Suzuki, -1 lap<BR>20. John Jacobi, Suzuki, -1 lap<BR><BR><BR>AMA Superbike Points<BR>1. Mat Mladin, 174 points<BR>2. Eric Bostrom, 137 points<BR>3. Doug Chandler, 117 points<BR>4. Aaron Yates, 115 points<BR>5. TIE, Kurtis Roberts/Tommy Hayden, 114 points