The following is from Suzuki...American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) announced today that Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders Tommy Hayden and Blake Young will compete without teammate Mat Mladin at round nine of the AMA Superbike series at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas this weekend.According to six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin, he has concerns about the track's safety and prefers not to race at this venue. Currently, Mladin is in first place in the overall AMA Superbike championship points standings. Mladin's Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Hayden and Young are currently in second and sixth place, respectively, in the overall standings and plan to race this weekend."I can't speak for our rider, Mat Mladin," said the Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team Manager Don Sakakura. "However, the team does respect his choice to not participate in this race meeting. Mat is a six-time AMA Superbike Champion and he has raced in other series and at tracks all over the world, so he understands that track safety is paramount. At the same time, the team appreciates

that Heartland Park Topeka is doing everything humanly possible to make this track acceptable to the AMA riders. Currently, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden and Blake Young intend to participate in the race meeting and we hope that this weekend will be a safe and successful one for everyone."

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