Ben Sipes Wins The 2008 AMA Superbike Championship Presented By Parts Unlimited

AMA Pro Racing offers its congratulations to Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ben Spies on his third-straight AMA Superbike Championship.

In another hard-fought, season-long battle with teammate Mat Mladin, the 24-year-old traded wins--as well as points for pole positions and most laps lead--with the six-time champ in most of the 2008 season races.

Last Sunday, Spies captured a dramatic win in the second Superbike race at Road Atlanta. After Mladin built up what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, the reigning champ clawed his way back and was poised to strike by lap 19. Running down the back straight, Mladin looked back to see how close his rival was, only to get an eyeful of Spies' #1 plate. Both men pulled identical wheelies and wobbles as they crested the hill. Spies made the pass and took control of the contest, riding to an eventual 7.107-second margin of victory.

The victory on the 2.55-mile, 12-turn track in Braselton, Georgia was the Texan's 10th race win--and eighth pole--of the season. It was also the year in which Spies earned seven victories in a row, breaking the six-race Superbike win-streak record shared by Mladin and Honda Racing's Miguel Duhamel. In his eight-year AMA professional road race career, Spies is now a four-time national champion as well as a 45-time winner, including 28 victories in Superbike.

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AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. AMA Pro Racing series include the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship.