Daytona Superbike Qualifying and Superpole - The More Things Change

Mat Mladin and Yoshimura Suzuki took up where they left off last year and took the American Superbike  pole today at Daytona. On a sunny, nearly perfect Florida day, Mladin rode a nearly perfect Superpole lap, gapping teammate Tommy Hayden by nearly a second. Hayden, with brother Nicky in the pits for moral support, had set fast time in the qualifying session that set the 10 rider line up in the new to the AMA Superpole. Graves Yamaha's Ben Bostrom had trouble in the infield which ruined his lap, putting him at the bottom of the order. In the pre-qualifying session, 32 riders went fast enough to make this afternoon's Superbike final.

1Mat MladinRockstar/Makita/SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:37.499
2Tommy HaydenRockstar/Makita/SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:38.345
3Larry PegramPegram RacingDucati 1098R1:38.455
4Neil HodgsonCorona Extra HondaHonda CBR1000RR1:38.479
5Blake YoungRockstar/Makita/SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:39.633
6Aaron YatesJordan Suzuki BrandSuzuki GSX-R10001:39.791
7Joshua HayesYamaha Motor CorpYamaha R11:40.117
8Michael LavertyCeltic RacingSuzuki GSX-R10001:40.221
9Geoff MayNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:40.888
10Ben BostromYamaha Motor CorpYamaha R11:41.043


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The AMA should be embarrassed. Milandin will be ahead by 1 full second by the end of the first lap,,, BECAUSE OF THAT UNFAIRLY MODIFIED BIKE!! The Daytona was a great race before the Yosh cheaters disgraced the series. BORING! Thank god for World Superbike,, the real liter bike series. How many more years will this joke continue. Wait,,, if Matt continues to ride that thing, he can probably be the champion when he is well into his 50's.