AMA Superbike 2015 Flashback: Mladin vs. Spies in 2007

Posted on 18 Feb, 2015 by Scott Jones
Mat Mladin Ben Spies Suzuki Laguna Seca 2007

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The revitalized, if not reborn, AMA Road Racing series (to be precise, the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship) is gaining momentum, race fans. I’m pleased to report that I will be attending more AMA Superbike weekends in 2015 than I have for many years, now that MotoAmerica is organizing the series. The MotoAmerica website seems to grow every day as the project progress toward the opening round at Circuit of the Americas on MotoGP weekend. It’s exciting!

Making AMA plans for 2015 got me flashing back to the good old days when the superbike race was a battle between two riders who, on their Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-Rs, were so far above the rest of the field the podium seemed to lack much variety from weekend to weekend.

That didn’t mean there weren’t epic battles between Mat Mladin and Ben Spies. On and off the track, the contest between these two riders, and their opposite personalities, raged on and on.

The dominance of the Yosh Suzuki team (six championships for Mladin in seven years, and Spies wining the 2006 and 2008 titles) may have had a hand in the demise of the series. But rather than dwell on the past, I’m excited to think of the future and how professional motorcycle road racing in America will look from now on.

The 2015 schedule is here and TV coverage will be provided via CBS Sports Network. American motorcycle road racing on an actual TV network? How weird is that?

Photograph: ©2007 by Scott Jones / PHOTO.GP – All Rights Reserved

 

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