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Old 07-30-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Yosh, Mat and Heartland Park = Not Gonna Race?

I was last at Topeka 20 years ago; it's still not a safe racing venue. Word is that Mat has decided Topeka is too dangerous to race at. Word is that Yosh pulled its other entries, too. This is breaking news, but here some that's available now:

Roadracing World Article Here

Team Manager: Mladin Unlikely To Race At Heartland Park Topeka Due To Safety Concerns
Jul 30, 2009, By David Swarts, ęCopyright 2009, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Mat Mladin could wrap up his seventh AMA American Superbike Championship during this weekend’s Tornado Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (HPT), but it is looking unlikely that he will. That’s because Mladin may choose not to race at the 2.5-mile road course due to concerns about the track’s safety.

“At this point it’s unlikely,” that Mladin will race, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team Manager Don Sakakura told Roadracingworld.com Thursday morning in the paddock at HPT. “He feels that there are several spots where there is inadequate run-off room with too many solid objects to hit, but I haven’t been officially notified by him whether he will ride or not.”

Mladin rode his GSX-R1000 for a handful of laps in the first American Superbike session during Thursday’s promoter practice day and then parked his bike and changed into street clothes.

When Roadracingworld.com asked him about the situation, Mladin declined to make any comment.

“It’s disappointing to come to a new venue like this and it’s in the condition it is for a National caliber event,” added Sakakura.

The area causing the greatest concern is the wall-lined left-right kink at the end of the front straightaway, according to several riders, including Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki’s Aaron Yates, who rode in both American Superbike sessions Thursday morning.

“It’s sixth gear, man. It’s gotta be 160 mph. It’s pretty scary through there,” said Yates. “Other parts of the track are pretty rough and beat up, but that’s just how it is. I kind of like that. There’s a seam over here that when you hit it it’s almost like bending the rim or something. The last section is really slow coming onto the front straight, and there’s another area back there that’s kind of fun, just you’ve got to really pay attention to the racetrack because it’s beat up pretty good.

“But the biggest deal is this [Turn One Alpha] area deal down here. It’s fast, it’s got those couple of kinks in it that make it single file. Mat [Mladin] actually flew by me this morning there and I had to stand it up. , then there’s no where to go and you’re in the grass and you’ll be going faster in the grass than you are on the asphalt, then there’s a big drop-off over there and into the wall.”

Asked if he had made any decisions whether he will race or not, Yates, said, “I’m going to go out there today and ride, test some stuff, do some work with the bike. I’m just going to be paying attention going through that [Turn One Alpha] area. I don’t think I’m going to be going through there full stick any time. It’s gonna be tough for a race situation.”
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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I was last at Topeka 20 years ago; it's still not a safe racing venue. Word is that Mat has decided Topeka is too dangerous to race at. Word is that Yosh pulled its other entries, too. This is breaking news, but here some that's available now:

Roadracing World Article Here

Team Manager: Mladin Unlikely To Race At Heartland Park Topeka Due To Safety Concerns
Jul 30, 2009, By David Swarts, ęCopyright 2009, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Mat Mladin could wrap up his seventh AMA American Superbike Championship during this weekend’s Tornado Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (HPT), but it is looking unlikely that he will. That’s because Mladin may choose not to race at the 2.5-mile road course due to concerns about the track’s safety.

“At this point it’s unlikely,” that Mladin will race, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team Manager Don Sakakura told Roadracingworld.com Thursday morning in the paddock at HPT. “He feels that there are several spots where there is inadequate run-off room with too many solid objects to hit, but I haven’t been officially notified by him whether he will ride or not.”

Mladin rode his GSX-R1000 for a handful of laps in the first American Superbike session during Thursday’s promoter practice day and then parked his bike and changed into street clothes.

When Roadracingworld.com asked him about the situation, Mladin declined to make any comment.

“It’s disappointing to come to a new venue like this and it’s in the condition it is for a National caliber event,” added Sakakura.

(1)The area causing the greatest concern is the wall-lined left-right kink at the end of the front straightaway, according to several riders, including Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki’s Aaron Yates, who rode in both American Superbike sessions Thursday morning.

“It’s sixth gear, man. It’s gotta be 160 mph. It’s pretty scary through there,” said Yates. (2)“Other parts of the track are pretty rough and beat up, but that’s just how it is. I kind of like that. There’s a seam over here that when you hit it it’s almost like bending the rim or something. The last section is really slow coming onto the front straight, and there’s another area back there that’s kind of fun, just you’ve got to really pay attention to the racetrack because it’s beat up pretty good.

“But the biggest deal is this [Turn One Alpha] area deal down here. It’s fast, it’s got those couple of kinks in it that make it single file. Mat [Mladin] actually flew by me this morning there and I had to stand it up. , then there’s no where to go and you’re in the grass and you’ll be going faster in the grass than you are on the asphalt, then there’s a big drop-off over there and into the wall.”

Asked if he had made any decisions whether he will race or not, Yates, said, “I’m going to go out there today and ride, test some stuff, do some work with the bike. I’m just going to be paying attention going through that [Turn One Alpha] area. I don’t think I’m going to be going through there full stick any time. It’s gonna be tough for a race situation.”
I just did this track last month. Im not a racer but ill post anyways, lol

1) I was thinking the same thing about the sweep to the left on the front straight when i was there. Its a "dog leg" to the left, right past the clubhouse, and on the right side of that is a concrete wall. The morning we went, it had just rained and we watched the race group up on the "cat-walk" above that area and i even made the comment of how nasty it would be to see someone go down there in the wet and slide into that wall.

2) Man those guys are used to some plush tracks i would imagine. Of course ive only ridden most of our local tracks but , that place was like glass, we were impressed!!!! I could only find one bump that plagued me all day in the afternoon sessions. Im sure they use alot of track i dont but man, i would bet most of us would be more than pleased, i liked it.


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Old 07-30-2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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I'm guessing the track is somewhat different from when we raced there in 98? ?

I thought after the front straight you just turned left?
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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I'm guessing the track is somewhat different from when we raced there in 98? ?

I thought after the front straight you just turned left?
When i was there drag racing 3 years ago it was undergoing a major overhaul, and some of the facilities had just been completed. The 1/4 track was already great, but i dont know about the road course.

When we commented last month about the nice surface a local said "Thats what a XX (insernt numerical value here) million dollar renovation will do." His words, not mine
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:24 PM   #6
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This is? Pretty scary

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Old 07-30-2009, 01:28 PM   #7
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, I was actually going to see this race. Will suck if he doesn't race
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That part isn't too bad since they go from left of that pic to the right.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:43 PM   #9
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Hopefully other racers will follow mladins lead.
We need more racers like this to stand up to the dmg/ama.
DMG doesn't care about the safety of the racers.
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:20 PM   #10
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Apparently Yosh Suzuki has pulled all 3 riders entries from the race.
Good luck DMG.
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I agree with Allan, somebody is gonna have to show DMG how it is... Mladin seems to be the only one with a sack large enough to speak his mind publicly.
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All of us, one of us= not a part of the AMA rider community. Matt has been standing up for him self, and the rest of us, since the DMG debacle began. Good on him! I'm a fan of this rider! (class act/no sell out)
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