ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI
CONQUERS ROAD ATLANTA

Braselton, GA - April 6, 2009 - It was another weekend of domination for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. Six-time champ Mat Mladin (#7) took his 76th and 77th AMA Superbike wins as teammates Tommy Hayden (#22) and Blake Young (#79) both made impressive trips to the podium.

Mladin started the weekend by putting the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 on pole after setting a blazing fast qualifying time. But at the start of race one, it was rookie teammate Young grabbing the holeshot. Mladin followed his teammate briefly before making a move for the lead. At the end of the first lap, it was Mladin out in front with an ever increasing lead. The veteran rider would hold the position to the end of the race, collecting the 50th consecutive AMA Superbike win for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. Tommy Hayden, after his strong performances in Fontana, would go on to finish in second, while Young finished just off the podium in fourth.

"What do you say about 50 wins in a row?” said Mladin after the race. “The Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki team is just unbelievable. For the last few years, we've been at the front of all the races, and I have to thank all our guys because we have an amazing team. Today at Road Atlanta was a good race for us. I got a good start and we've gotten the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a point where I feel good about pushing it.”

Sunday’s race saw Mladin again starting from the front. When the green lights flashed, it was Mladin in the lead, a position he would not surrender for the rest of the race. As he pushed on to a massive lead, Blake Young was fighting with fellow Suzuki mounted rider Geoff May for second place. The battle between the two GSX-R1000s lasted to the very last lap, when the rookie Young took the position and was able to hold it to the line, marking his best finish in the class.

"Everything felt as usual and normal for the race," Mat Mladin said. "It was a good race for us. We had a bit of a crack for 10 or 12 laps. I was trying to figure out around Lap 10 or 11 whether I should keep pushing and the boys get a bit nervous when I do that. I pushed my luck one too many times today already, so I decided to have a bit of fun at the end."

The series will now take a short break before heading to Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, Alabama, May 1-3.

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