Mat Mladin has been testing at Philip Island for the last few days along with a few of the World Superbike racers, including Troy Corser, and the results don’t look good, … for the AMA Superbike racers. Mladin is coming back from some off season surgery and even had a 160mph crash during testing and the end result is he was the fastest rider on the track. Faster than all of the WSB guys who were riding machines with more horsepower. Ouch.
Cycle News has been covering the goings on and Corser said he wasn’t using qualifiers, just regular race tires but Mladin said he didn’t use qualifiers either since they don’t have them in the AMA and it makes no sense to use them during the test.
Whatever the case, Mladin could have been excused for going a bit slower because of the surgery and crash but instead he just went out and set the fastest lap times. As I said, the AMA teams who will be meeting him shortly had better be on their best or we’ll just see a replay of last year.
Why didn’t Mladin ever move up to WSB or MotoGP?