Hacking and Mladin Win AMA Pro Superpoles for Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge at Auto Club Speedway
Hacking Takes First Daytona SportBike Pole; Mladin Two-For-Two In 2009 American Superbike
San Bernardino County, California (March 20, 2009) – Jamie Hacking and Mat Mladin scored AMA Pro Road Racing Superpoles Friday at Auto Club Speedway in the opening day of competition for the AMA Pro Superbike Challenge weekend on the Fontana speedway road course.
Hacking, who finished fourth on his No. 88 Monster Energy/Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, in the season-opening Daytona 200 by Honda AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL race two weeks ago, stayed on the pace at Fontana in Superpole qualifying. He lapped the 2.36-mile course with a session-best lap time of 1:28.201 (93.876 mph).
“My ZX-6 is definitely coming around a lot better from Daytona,” Hacking said. “We are working on it and making things better so that is all that I can ask for from Kawasaki, to provide me with a competitive bike. We are getting there and we are making things better.”
Buell’s Danny Eslick (No. 9 Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing/RMR Buell 1125R) qualified second for the second consecutive race with a lap time of 1:28.371 (93.695 mph). Jake Zemke (No. 1x Erion Racing Honda CBR600RR) was third fastest at 1:28.649 (93.402 mph), Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) was fourth with a lap of 1:28.769 (93.276 mph) and Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) rounded out the top five at 1:28.843 (93.198 mph). The top-five included five different makes of motorcycles from Kawasaki, Buell, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki.
Despite a resurgent effort from Jordan Suzuki, Mladin still topped the field by more than 1.3 seconds on his No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX- R1000. He won his second AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited pole in as many races after also taking the top qualifying spot at the Daytona opener earlier this month.
Jordan’s Aaron Yates (No. 23 Brand Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) was a solid second with a lap time of 1:24.759 (97.689 mph) and Mladin’s Yoshimura teammate Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX- R1000) was third fastest at 1:24.810 (97.630 mph).
“The lap went pretty smooth, really, actually too smooth,” Hayden said. “I was a little too conservative on that lap and the time wasn’t anything special, but the front row is important for here and at least I am on there.”
Jordan’s other rider Geoff May (No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) was the fourth and final American Superbike front-row starter with a lap time 1:24.810 (97.630 mph).
In AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei action, Daytona winner Tyler Odom (No. 46 Erion Racing Honda CBR600RR) turned Friday’s top lap in the second of three practice sessions. His time of 1:31.640 (90.353 mph) was the only SuperSport lap of the day that cracked the 90 mph barrier. Bryce Prince (No. 74 Bryce Prince Kawasaki 600) paced the morning and afternoon sessions and set the day’s second fastest overall lap time of 1:32.620 (89.398 mph) in the afternoon. Garrett Willis (No. 80 Mach 1 Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6) was third fastest overall Friday with an afternoon lap of 1:33.017 (89.016 mph).