Good morning all,
I am a fan of Suzuki Superbike pilot Matt Mladin. He is highly skilled, intelligent, outspoken when it comes to rider safety and a really nice man when it comes to talking to fans. All in all a good representative of motorcycling and motorcycle racing.
However, he seems to have pissed off the powers that be in AMA Pro Racing (the DMG). As we have all read, Mr. Mladin was disqualified from last weekends Superbike races at VIR for a possibly illegal crankshaft. HMMMMM.
Matt has been very outspoken regarding the upcoming changes in American roadracing next year. More than just outspoken…critical. American Suzuki/Yoshimura have also been, how do I say this…very displeased with the plans. So unhappy that when DMG head honcho Roger Edmonson came to California to talk to ‘The Big Four’ he made a comment that three out of the four were receptive and one’s behaviour (Suzuki) was unacceptable.
In past Motoworld podcasts, I have spoken with Matt about the changes, he has categorically stated he won’t race 600’s.
So… are we now seeing a ‘pissing war’ between AMA Pro Racing and Suzuki? More pointedly, between AMA Pro Racing and Matt Mladin?
Think about this, in AMA Superbike rules as they currently stand, modifications are pretty minor…Superstock bikes with even less mods are almost as fast as the Superbikes!!?? Team members are pretty much riding the same motorcycle with suspension changes and EFI mapping changes for personal riding styles. Not much else is different. Why was Matt singled out? Shouldn’t AMA Pro Racing have pulled ALL the Yoshimura bikes? They have been more than dominant the past seasons, everyone else racing for maybe third and with Tommy Hayden healthy, probably fourth.
As the old saying goes ‘somethings rotten in Denmark’ or in this case, Florida