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Mladin collects Superbike victory, Zemke takes first Daytona 200 win

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Dunlop Motorcycle Tires race report: Mladin collects Superbike victory, Zemke takes first Daytona 200 win



Daytona, FL -- March 11, 2006 -- Daytona International Speedway (DIS) delivered excitement and drama today as the first round of the AMA Superbike Series concluded Bike Week with a hotly contested Superbike event and a controversial late-race caution in the Daytona 200 that left the top five riders in disarray with just 10 of 68 laps remaining. Yoshimura Suzuki’s six-time AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin and teammate Ben Spies dueled throughout the Superbike event, with Mladin eventually taking the win with a last-second draft pass at the flag; his margin of victory was just .032 seconds. Honda Racing’s Jake Zemke won his first-ever Daytona 200, surviving the charge of Erion Racing’s Josh Hayes by a slim margin of 1.561 seconds.



Dunlop arrived at Daytona with more than 2600 tires and 24 engineers, service technicians and tire-fitters to support five manufacturers--Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha--and their seven support teams: Erion Racing, Rockwall Honda, Attack Kawasaki, Jordon Motorsports, Matsushima Racing, Mladin Motorsports and Graves Motorsports. Collectively the teams represent the series’ top 24 riders, including 10 who compete in Superbike, 12 in Superstock, seven in Supersport and 10 in Formula Xtreme.



The surface at DIS places greater demands on motorcycle racing tires that any other racing venue in the world. The elimination of the west banking on the AMA circuit in 2005 was a positive step toward reducing tire temperatures, but the track--always known to generate a lot of wear and heat in the left portion of the rear tire--added more infield turns, most of them lefts, so wear on the left side of the tread is still evident. In addition, last May the track was repaved from turn one through the new infield section, increasing available traction and subsequently wear. For the Superbike competition, Dunlop brought two front and five rear tire compounds from which the teams could select. For the Formula Xtreme class, there were one front and five rear compound options offered.



The day’s first race was the Superbike event and Mladin enjoyed the pole position after setting a track record of 1:37.075 on Thursday. He rocketed into the lead at the start of the race on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, followed closely by Spies. With Spies nipping at Mladin’s heals throughout the race and a pack of riders--Honda's Racing’s Miguel Duhamel, Kawasaki Road Racing’s Tommy Hayden and Roger Lee Hayden and Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson--scrapping with each other just a few seconds behind, fans enjoyed a dogfight that lasted to the last lap. Following Mladin’s draft pass of Spies for the win, Duhamel crossed the line 5.1 seconds later to fill out the podium. “This race could have gone either way when it's that close,” said Mladin. “So it's good to win it, but you know, it's Daytona. Let's move on and get to the next races where the draft and these things don't come into play as much. And then let the championship play out.” It was a victorious race for Dunlop, whose riders collected all of the top 10 finishing positions.



The 65th running of the Daytona 200 was the weekend’s feature event and it played out as a battle of wits, determination, and strategy. Dominated in qualifying by 600cc four-cylinder machines, five-time winner Duhamel put his Honda CBR600RR on the pole with a record-setting qualifying time of 1.40.928. The early laps featured a back-and-forth battle between Duhamel, Yamaha Racing’s Jason Disalvo and Eric Bostrom and Duhamel’s teammate Zemke. Following the first set of pit stops for fuel and tires, Duhamel built a lead of as much as 12 seconds when, on lap 44, he high-sided violently exiting turn one, allowing Zemke to take the lead. Duhamel miraculously collected himself and the bike and managed to re-enter the race in fifth place. Zemke rode a determined race and avoided trouble, only to see his lead shrink to nothing when the pace car entered the course to slow the field as an accident was cleared. Confusion among race officials parked Zemke, Disalvo, Bostrom and Erion’s Hayes deep in the field while fourth and fifth place holders Duhamel and Bostrom were at the head of the column. When the green flag came out for the last 10 laps, the race leaders were mired in a large group of lapped riders while Duhamel and Bostrom had effectively lost any chance of improving their position. To his credit, Zemke masterfully worked through the field of lappers, holding off Hayes’ late-race charge; Disalvo was third in his first Daytona 200. “Everybody knows about the Daytona 200,”said Zemke. “It’s something, as a kid, that you always look at the names on the list of the winners and it’s a Who’s Who list. I am proud to put my name up there.” Dunlop was also victorious; its riders took the first six positions and eight of the top 10.



Next stop for Dunlop and the AMA Superbike road racing tour is the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, April 21-23. Round two also features a doubleheader for the Superbike series.



About Dunlop Tires

Dunlop Tires is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S. and the only manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America. With North American operations headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Dunlop has been making and selling high-quality tires in the U.S. since 1923. For more information, please visit www.dunlopmotorcycle.com.
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I guess the concept of "SPOILER POST" will always go way over some heads

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mladin wins again...no surprise there. that guy owns the track!!!
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Looks like Mladin is going to make it 7. He won that race 2 days before he crashed. The man is GOD of Superbike's.
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Looks like Mladin is going to make it 7. He won that race 2 days before he crashed. The man is GOD of Superbike's.

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Mladin may be god of AMA superbikes, but the 2 Troys are Kings of the World (superbikes).

Had a great weekend at Phillip Island, followed by a track day on Monday. 270 Kmh at the 200m braking marker on my 01 GSXR 1000

Weather was perfect, beer was cold and plentiful, racing was hot and (mostly) close. Phillip Island, when the weather holds off, is the best track in the world.


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mladin wins again...no surprise there.
That "old" man took Spies to school. Who woulda thunk it? I thought Duhamel was gonna repeat too until he tried to pull a Russell. Although I don't remember Russell's get off being quite so nasty, and he was able to pull off the win. Still, I give Duhamel much respect after finishing 3rd in the a.m. Superbike, and getting bucked off at at least 50 or 60 mph while leading the 200 and still coming 5th with half a fairing and a flapping visor. Testicular fortitude.
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I would have liked to see what Duhamel could have done with out the caution.

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Duhamel would've got close but Mladin always gets the win. So for Duhamel I say keep tryin because miracles happen.....I think....
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I guess the concept of "SPOILER POST" will always go way over some heads

too bad for those that recorded it and planned on watching it at a later date

Good point. I'll try make is discreet next time.
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great superbike race. may have been mladin and spies the whole way, but it was cool to see them try each other out then wait for their time. And I learned somethin too when Mladin let spies loose for a second. I like their post race interviews where matt was playing down sandbagging out the corner like it wasnt intentional and spies was saying that by the time he saw matt turn and smile, it was too late and he had to stay on the gas. Awesome.
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Mladin may be god of AMA superbikes, but the 2 Troys are Kings of the World (superbikes).

Had a great weekend at Phillip Island, followed by a track day on Monday. 270 Kmh at the 200m braking marker on my 01 GSXR 1000

Weather was perfect, beer was cold and plentiful, racing was hot and (mostly) close. Phillip Island, when the weather holds off, is the best track in the world.


remember the YOSH and ALSTARE tests at phillip i ? When mladin put down faster times than corser....? doesnt say much but corser was pretty red about it. But australia seems to be full of talented riders. they own WSBK and AMA.
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remember the YOSH and ALSTARE tests at phillip i ? When mladin put down faster times than corser....? doesnt say much but corser was pretty red about it. But australia seems to be full of talented riders. they own WSBK and AMA.
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remember the YOSH and ALSTARE tests at phillip i ? When mladin put down faster times than corser....? doesnt say much but corser was pretty red about it. But australia seems to be full of talented riders. they own WSBK and AMA.
Mat's a great rider, and from a purely parochial point of view, it's fantastic to see any Aussies dominating in any sport anywhere, particularly a sport that I love! I watched Mladin at Eastern Creek in '92 or '93 (not sure which year) at the 500's on a Cagiva. He rode the wheels off it for a credible 9th place. I think it was one of Cagiva's better results, with a couple of good finishes by John Kochinski being the only better placings. I've been a fan of Mat's ever since. I'm always keen to see yet another talented local kicking the collective arses of the worlds best!

But as the old saying goes "You've got to be in it to win it!". Until Mat steps up to WSBK or MotoGP, He's "just" a domestic series champion.

So... Go Troy C, Troy B, Pitty, Muggers, Chris V, Casey, Westy, Kev Curtain, Broc Parkes, Steve Martin...

And if that's not enough, We've adopted Colin Edwards, coz he's half Aussie!!

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And if that's not enough, We've adopted Colin Edwards, coz he's half Aussie!!
in a similar way, we've laid claim to john hopkins.
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But as the old saying goes "You've got to be in it to win it!". Until Mat steps up to WSBK or MotoGP, He's "just" a domestic series champion.



While I agree there are more "prestigious" race series that he could've pursued, I think he's more than happy being the "big fish in a little pond." Especially having experienced the GP bike circus back on that ill-tempered Cagiva, trying to keep pace with those NSR's. I think he would jump series ONLY for the right offer on a competitive package/team.

And speaking of Kocinski, I once saw him blazing a motocross track as a kid, in Arkansas I think...anyway, he was on another level even then.
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I agree totally, and If I was getting paid to race, and be a demigod in the States, I'd be reluctant to move, too!!

Mate, I'm as disappointed as hell that Mat hasn't gone WSBK, but only for my own, selfish reasons, that I want to see another top class Aussie rider on the world stage. If it turned out that he had a less than great season, and that ended his career, I'd be even more disappointed.

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Mat is the man no doubt but we can't forget about Yates and Spies.
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Hey all, It was an interesting weekend for sure.

Lot of weird stuff happening, not sure what Disalvo was thinking, but it was a good win for Hacking.

Great move by Mladin, leason quickly learned by Spies.

Davy Sadowski rocked. Papa Ski was so proud. I love those guys.

I was sad for Jeremy McWilliams, I was hopefull the Buells would finish. We'll see what happens through out the season.

Danny Eslick was not to happy about burning up the clutch. He was doing awesome. However, he did get 5th on Supersport!!!!

Josh Hays is the man. I'm really happy for him. He's on a competitive bike now and I'm sure he'll podium more often.

Jeremiah Johnson #64 MPT Suzuki Team, finished 30 riders ahead of where he started on the 200. He's had nearly a dozen surgerys since early fall due to the crash he had last season. And we're all pumped he did as well as he did.

Steve Rapp did not get off on a good start this past weekend. He's a good friend of mine, but I know when to stay away. Not a happy camper.

Rog was the man! Poor dude, doing so well and them the big OUCH! Hopefully it won't take too long to get back on the bike.

Duhamel deserves a major ATTA-BOY! I think he's made of steel. His love of competition was evident through out the weekend, just don't ask him about the "pace-car".

Bubba, talk about being made of rubber. I was in total pain after watching him crash off his bike, and land the way he did. WOW!

Chad Reed, also the man of steel. What a great competitior. Hurt and still podium'd.

Hey, did you all see me at the end of the supersport race when they where rolling the credits? The cameraman zoomed in on me I took his picture at the same time. It was cool. I put the cameraman in the mosaic so ya'll could see. Yay! My 2 seconds of fame!!!!

I'll have more images hopefully by the end of the week. I've taken over 300 and I still have to sort and put together.

Here are some I've put together so far. If you want to see a larger version so you can see each image in detail click here

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