Mat Mladin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mathew Mladin
Mat Mladin 2009-07-25.jpg
Nationality Australian
Born (1972-03-10) 10 March 1972 (age 42)
Oakdale, New South Wales, Australia
Current team Retired
Bike number 7

Mathew "Mat" Mladin (born 10 March 1972, in Camden, New South Wales) is a retired Australian professional motorcycle racer who last raced in 2009, riding a Yoshimura Suzuki in the AMA Superbike series. He won the title seven times (no other rider has won more than three), and holds series records for wins (83, breaking Miguel Duhamel's previous record of 27), poles (50), wins in a season (11) and poles in a season (10).

Career[edit]

Early years (1992-1995)[edit]

Born in Camden, a suburb of Sydney, Mladin began his professional racing career in 1992. He won the Australian Superbike Championship that year, and made his debut in the 500cc World Championship class the following year, disappointed at finishing in position thirteen and at his treat ment by the Cagiva factory team.[1]

A plane crash in 1995 nearly cost him his foot,[2] but he returned in time to finish second in the Australian Superbike championship.

AMA (1996-2009)[edit]

Mladin joined the AMA Superbike series in 1996, riding for Yoshimura Suzuki, and finished fourth overall. He switched to Fast By Ferracci Ducati the following year and finished third in the championship before returning to Suzuki for 1998 where he again finished third. He finally broke through to win the 1999 championship. Remaining with Suzuki as of 2007, he went on to take the title in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005, with a second-place finish behind Ben Spies[3] in 2006 (despite winning the final 5 races, after making some riding style changes to cope with his young team-mate[4]). Mladin also finished runner up in the Championship to Spies again in 2007, losing by one point.[5]

Mladin is a three-time winner of the Daytona 200 (2000, 2001, 2004). He has also made wild card appearances in Superbike World Championship races, taking pole position in the class at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2003.

On 20 August 2008, AMA Pro Racing issued a press release announcing the disqualification of Mladin from the previous weekend's AMA Superbike National round at Virginia International Raceway. The press release indicated that the crankshaft from Mladin's bike was found, after comparison with a stock "control" part kept by the AMA, to have violated Superbike class rules, which require an essentially stock crankshaft to be used. The Team Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki's appeal of the penalty was summarily dismissed as being, "without merit," by AMA/DMG on 5 September 2008. As a result, with only one round remaining in the championship, Ben Spies' numerical advantage in the championship points became unassailable and Mladin lost the championship for the 3rd year in a row to Spies. It is a known that all Yoshimura bikes on that day had the same crankshaft. Mladin's bike was the only one inspected. Upon his disqualification, Spies and Hayden were moved up the ladder into first and second placings, also riding illegal bikes.

On 31 July 2009, Mladin announced that he would retire from the AMA Superbike Championship at the end of the season,[6] and the announcement came as Mladin refused to take part in that weekend's round at Heartland Park, Kansas due to concerns over rider safety at the circuit: Mladin is known for his campaign for improved rider safety through improvements into the circuits. Mat won the 2009 AMA Superbike championship, and then retired.

Personal[edit]

He lives near Oakdale, New South Wales, with his wife and two children.

Mladin is a private individual; in 1998 he commented that "I don't enjoy all the press side of things at all, I enjoy my racing and I enjoy winning like nothing else.".[7]

Mladin also lends his name to a company that imports motorcycle clothing and aftermarket accessories. As of 1 July 2009 this changed to Bike Gear Warehouse and sells online only. Despite his 1995 accident, Mat is still actively involved in his other passion, aviation.

Career Statistics[edit]

Grand Prix[edit]

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points Rank
1993 500cc Cagiva Team Agostini GP500 AUS
9
MAL
10
JPN
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
10
GER
7
NED
Ret
EUR
SMR
9
GBR
CZE
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
FIM
6
45 13th

AMA Pro Racing[edit]

Season Class Team Bike DAY
Florida
FON
California
RAT
Georgia (U.S. state)
BAR
Alabama
INF
California
RAM
Wisconsin
LAG
California
M-O
Ohio
HRT
Kansas
VIR
Virginia
N-J
New Jersey
Pts Pos
R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 SBK Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 2 1 3 7 DNS DNS 2 9 24 2 453 1st
Year Class Team Bike DAY
Florida
BAR
Alabama
FON
California
INF
California
MIL
Utah
RAM
Wisconsin
LAG
California
M-O
Ohio
VIR
Virginia
RAT
Georgia (U.S. state)
LAG
California
Pts Pos
R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1
2008 SBK Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 DNF 4 2 1 1 1 1 DSQ DSQ 1 2 1 557 2nd
Year Class Team Bike DAY
Florida
BAR
Alabama
FON
California
INF
California
RAM
Wisconsin
MIL
Utah
LAG
California
M-O
Ohio
VIR
Virginia
RAT
Georgia (U.S. state)
LAG
California
Pts Pos
R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1
2007 SBK Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 11 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 651 2nd
Year Class Team Bike DAY
Florida
BAR
Alabama
FON
California
INF
California
RAM
Wisconsin
MIL
Utah
LAG
California
M-O
Ohio
VIR
Virginia
RAT
Georgia (U.S. state)
M-O
Ohio
Pts Pos
R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1
2006 SBK Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 6 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 641 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motor Cycle News (UK weekly newspaper) 22 December 1993 p.18 Mladin back to Superbikes Accessed and added 2014-10-09
  2. ^ "From 1997: A Man Named Mladin". SuperbikePlanet.com. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "2006 AMA Superbike Results". SuperbikePlanet.com. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "AMA SBK: Streaking Mladin Claims Provisional Pole in Wisconsin". SPEEDtv.com. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "AMA Superbike Championship Overall Points". AMAProRacing.com. Retrieved 14 October 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Mladin retires after safety row". Insidebikes. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Motorcycle Online Interview: Mat Mladin". Motorcycle Online. Retrieved 21 March 2007. [dead link]

http://www.amasuperbike.com/article.php?UID=rdH7pdq1qjs8B09D5rlQxN7KXCAoTV&sc=1120&aid=12212

Preceded by
Aaron Slight
Australian Superbike Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Troy Corser
Preceded by
Ben Bostrom
AMA Superbike Champion
1999-2001
Succeeded by
Nicky Hayden
Preceded by
Nicky Hayden
AMA Superbike Champion
2003-2005
Succeeded by
Ben Spies
Preceded by
Ben Spies
AMA Superbike Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Josh Hayes