AMA: Mladin wins 6 straight; one rookie killed

August 18, 2008 12:13:17 PM PDT
Australian star Mat Mladin completed a weekend sweep at Virginia International Raceway, winning his sixth straight AMA Superbike race and ninth of the year Sunday.

The six-time AMA Superbike champion passed Suzuki teammates Ben Spies and Tommy Hayden on the second lap of the 28-lap event and sprinted to a 9.747-second victory, his 72nd career win in the series.

"I tried to set a fast pace and pull away and I was able to do that," Mladin said. "VIR is a place that I've been able to win reasonably comfortably."

With his pair of second-place scores at VIR, Spies leads Mladin in the championship by 23 points with three races to go.

VIR released a statement Monday confirming the death of a rookie racer. The racetrack hosted its innagural rookie race Sunday. Shortly after it started, three racers were involved in a crash on the back end of the track.

Fourteen-year-old Toriano Wilson of Bermuda, fell on the track during the first lap and was accidentally struck by another rider while attempting to get out of the way.

The other rider was transported to Duke Medical Center and suffered a broken left arm and broken left femur. He is in a stable condition.

"The AMA and Red Bull have a long history in racing and every effort is made to create the safest possible environment for all participants," the release stated. "Unfortunately, racing also carries inherent risks. This was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with both families at this time."


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