Superbikes: Mat Mladin's Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Dumbed Down?

Mat Mladin's Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike may be slower than in years past, but it still warps time and space

By Ari Henning, Photography by Andrea Wilson, Brian J. Nelson

By The Numbers
Mat Mladin
Seven-time AMA Superbike Champion

From lap times to pole positions to national championships, Mat Mladin has laid claim to nearly every AMA Superbike record there is. Here's a rundown of the impressive numbers he's had a hand in...

7 AMA Superbike Championships
82 AMA Superbike race wins
27 Previous win record, held by Miguel Duhamel
12 Single season AMA Superbike wins
10 Race wins in 2009
9 AMA Superbike Championships won by Yoshimura Suzuki in the past decade
52 Consecutive Yoshimura Suzuki race wins
38 Age at which he retired
24 Age at which he started competing in AMA Superbike
1996 First year racing in America
4th Position at the end of his first AMA Superbike season
11 500cc Grand Prix starts (1993 season)
6th Best 500c GP finish
18 World Superbike starts
1 World Superbike poles
4th Best World Superbike finish (Laguna Seca 2003)
55 Career AMA Superbike poles
3 Consecutive AMA Superbike Championships (twice)
47 2009 championship points margin
1 Points behind teammate Ben Spies in the 2007 championship
2 Daughters with wife Janine: Emily and Jessica
2 Number of races he boycotted due to safety concerns in 2009, at Topeka, Kansas
2 Number of riders who beat him to win races in 2009: Josh Hayes and Larry Pegram
3 Daytona 200 wins
7 Last race number other than #1
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