Seven-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin has revealed on social networking website Twitter that he’s got at least two offers to contest the Superbike World Championship in 2010. Is a possible comeback on the cards after just a few months in retirement?
Seven-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin has revealed on social networking website Twitter that he’s got at least two offers to contest the Superbike World Championship in 2010.
Mladin retired from competition at the end of the 2009 season as the champion in American Superbike, with the official opening of his Bike Gear Warehouse store in Australia taking place last Saturday.
The 37-year-old Tweeted, “a couple of world superbike offers have come my way in the past month. 1 of them very good in regards to machinery. decisions decisions ;- ) [sic]”.
Mladin’s post has sent the racing world into a frenzy overnight, with journalists around the world trying to piece together the puzzle of what teams Mladin could be in discussions with for the new year.
One notable possibility could be the Japanese-run Yoshimura Suzuki team, which recently announced it will be contesting a limited WSBK schedule during 2010, as Mladin has close links with Yoshimura through his distribution business in Australia and won all of his AMA titles with Yoshimura in the USA.
New Superbike World Champion Ben Spies has listed Mladin as his toughest rival ever after a massive rivalry in the U.S, with Spies winning three out of four titles that the pair battled for, although Mladin won more races during that time.
Or, it could just be Mat having a bit of fun at our expense from his office at BGW? Watch this space…