Mat Mladin, Nicky Hayden and Mladin's teammate, Aaron Yates, will be the Superbike racers to watch when the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Chevy Trucks Superbike Series returns to Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway Friday for the Colonel's Truck Accessories AMA Classic.
Mladin on a Team Suzuki, last year's Superbike points champion, is currently the series points leader with four wins. Hayden, 18, on a Honda has racked up three wins and Yates won the last two races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on July 15-16.
Hayden, who won the 750 Supersport feature at CBIR in 1998, is second in points, just seven points behind Mladin. Yates is third, 32 points behind Mladin.
The event is round 10 of the 12-round series. Last year's Superbike champion, Ben Bostrom on a Ducati, is currently racing in the World Superbike Championship Series.
Bostrom's brother, Eric, will race at CBIR. He is racing with Team Kawasaki and has posted five podium, first through third, finishes this season. He finished fourth at CBIR last year and won the Superbike final the year before.
Another racer who has had success at CBIR who returns is Miguel Duhamel, who won the Superbike feature twice at CBIR. He is currently seventh in points on his Honda. His best finishes this season so far have been two fourth places.
Eric Bostrom also is the teammate of three-time Superbike points champion, Doug Chandler. The pair also are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the points chase.
One of Chandler's former 1993 Cagiva Grand Prix 500 teammates, John Kocinski, also returns to CBIR after about a 15-year absence. At Ohio, he collected two fifth-place finishes on his Vance and Hines Ducati and is currently ninth in series points.
Five other classes will race at the event -- The Pro Honda Oils 600 Supersport, the Lockhart Phillips USA 750 Supersport Series, the MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series, the eSportbike.com Formula Extreme and The Buell Pro Thunder.
Kurtis Roberts is the points leader in the 600 Supersport and Formula Extreme classes, John Hopkins leads the Supersport 750 class, Charles Sorenson leads the 250 Grand Prix Series and Jeffrey C. Nash leads the Pro Thunder class.
-- There are two rounds remaining in the series, Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., from Aug. 11-13 and Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
-- Superbike practice sessions at CBIR will be from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on Friday, from 10:10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and from 9 until 10:50 a.m. on Sunday. Superbike qualifying will be from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 2:30 until 3:20 p.m. on Saturday. The final is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
-- The 600cc Supersport qualifying is from 11:10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday with the final set for 11:10 a.m. on Sunday.
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