ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI'S SPIES WINS FIRST MILLER SUPERBIKE RACE OF WEEKEND
Round 8 - AMA Superbike Series
Miller Motorsports Park
May 29 - June 1, 2008
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing\'s Ben Spies won the first of two AMA Superbike races of the double-header weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on Saturday afternoon and took over the championship points lead from his teammate Mat Mladin. Defending AMA Superbike Champion Spies started from pole position and got the holeshot in the 14-lap race, then proceeded
to lead all the laps to take the victory. This marks the two-time AMA Superbike Champion\'s 23rd career AMA Superbike victory and also his 19th career pole position in the class. Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate and six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin was right there with Spies off the line and had slotted in behind him, when he lost the front end and crashed on the second lap.
Mladin was uninjured but his bike was in no shape to finish the race. Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing\'s Tommy Hayden is recovering from injuries sustained at a recent round of AMA Superbike and did not race this weekend.
"I knew it would be a tough weekend but it\'s gone pretty good for us all the way up to the race. Today, we got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and just tried to put in as many good laps as possible. I heard something behind me and then I realized Mat wasn\'t there and that helped us get a good gap on the rest of the field. Then I made a small mistake, but luckily we had that gap and could get the race win today, as well as the points lead. Everything that happened in the race today really worked out for us. I don\'t wish anything bad on Mat but we\'ve gotten a lot of points out of this race and now we\'re just looking forward to a good race tomorrow."