AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Results
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA SportBike results from Road Atlanta listed below
Martin Cardenas’ love affair with Road Atlanta continued Saturday at the first of two AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races in Georgia this weekend.
The 29-year-old Colombian rode his GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600 to a wire-to-wire victory, giving him his fourth win at Road Atlnata and his record 17th in the class.
The performance lifted him from fourth in the rankings to a seven-point lead over Daytona 200 winner Joey Pascarella, who was eighth.
Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R 600 SportBike) says: “The race was excellent for me. I didn’t expect it to be that way. I thought we would have a four or five-bike grouping like we normally do in Daytona SportBike. Fortunately for me, my pace was a little bit better than the others and I just tried to maintain it throughout the race. I knew if I could do that, I would win.
“This may sound funny but I actually prefer to race in a group because the race goes by very fast when you are in a fight. When you’re out front with a gap it seems to take a long time. You’re always looking at the pit board to see how far you have to go. It’s nice to win either way, though. We’ll take it.”
It’s been a dream season for Cardenas as he’s earned the pole at both Daytona and Atlanta. Saturday’s win was dominant as he rode from the No. 1 spot on the grid to a 4.461-second victory over Team Hammer stablemate Dane Westby. Taking the final podium position was Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha’s Tommy Hayden.
As easy as it looked, the race wasn’t totally comfortable for Cardenas as he wobbled hard going up the hill after Turn 1 in one of the later laps. “I put my foot on the rear brake by mistake and the tire began to slip out,” he said. “I nearly crashed there and was fortunate to save it.”
In another area, he briefly went across the grass after straying out of the narrow racing groove. “It’s very easy to make mistakes when you’re alone,” Cardenas said. “I was going through that little chicane area and was distracted for just a moment and lost the line. It doesn’t take much. I lost a little time there, maybe a second and a half or so, but was able to run my best lap next time around so I rebuilt the gap.”
Cardenas will hit the 2.55-mile, 12-turn track again at 9 a.m. Sunday morning for a 20-minute warm-up session. He’ll then start the second race of the Triumph Big Kahuna Nationals at 2:15 p.m. from the pole position.
Martin Cardenas says: “Thanks to my team and GEICO for putting me in this position. I am very, very happy.”
2012 AMA SportBike: Road Atlanta Race 1 Results:
|1.||36||Martin Cardenas||Geico Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||20 Laps||WINNER||1:29.124||32|
|2.||5||Dane Westby||M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||4.460||4.460||1:29.456||25|
|3.||8||Tommy Hayden||Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||10.089||5.628||1:29.776||21|
|4.||98||Jake Zemke||Ducshop Racing||Ducati 848||13.709||3.620||1:30.063||18|
|5.||57||Cory West||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team||Suzuki GSX-R600||14.730||1.021||1:30.123||16|
|6.||50||Bobby Fong||Meen Motorsports Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||14.786||0.055||1:29.683||15|
|7.||75||Huntley Nash||LTD Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||32.496||17.710||1:30.731||14|
|8.||52||Joey Pascarella||SGA Racing/Yamaha Champions Riding School||Yamaha YZF-R6||32.689||0.192||1:30.857||13|
|9.||95||JD Beach||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||32.901||0.212||1:30.666||12|
|10.||60||Michael Beck||Full Tuck Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||33.287||0.386||1:30.944||11|
|11.||56||Austin Dehaven||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||51.840||18.553||1:31.579||10|
|12.||72||Bryce Prince||Rotobox/Nexx||Yamaha YZF-R6||52.197||0.356||1:31.577||9|
|13.||7||Fernando Amantini||Team Amantini||Kawasaki ZX-6R||56.483||4.286||1:31.989||8|
|14.||29||Barrett Long||Longevity Racing||Ducati 848||56.665||0.181||1:31.735||7|
|15.||700||David Gaviria||LTD Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:05.499||8.834||1:32.198||6|
|16.||111||Derek Wagnon||HSBK Racing||Ducati 848||1:05.821||0.321||1:32.224||5|
|17.||40||Jason DiSalvo||Team Latus Motors Racing||Triumph Daytona 675||1:09.613||3.792||1:29.788||4|
|18.||86||Ben Young||BYR/Fogi Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:10.937||1.323||1:32.440||3|
|19.||46||Shane Narbonne||MOB Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:16.828||5.890||1:32.659||2|
|20.||74||Josh Galster||Josh Galster Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||19 Laps||1 Lap||1:33.618||1|
|21.||77||Matthew Sadowski||Top Shelf Motorcycles Racing||Suzuki GSX-R600||2.552||2.552||1:33.661||0|
|22.||11||Michael Morgan||RIM Racing||Suzuki GSX-R600||9.850||7.297||1:33.970||0|
|23.||221||Walt Sipp||Walt Sipp Racing||Buell 1125R||17.124||7.274||1:34.590||0|
|24.||63||Jeff Wrobel||Wrobel Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||17.207||0.082||1:34.566||0|
|25.||213||David White||Number213.com||Yamaha YZF-R6||43.278||26.071||1:34.920||0|
|26.||175||Sam Rozynski||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:28.766||45.488||1:38.735||0|
|27.||35||Benny Solis||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team||Suzuki GSX-R600||18 Laps||1 Lap||1:29.632||0|
|28.||38||Kris Turner||Turner`s Cycle Racing||Triumph Daytona 675||14 Laps||4 Laps||1:31.734||0|
|29.||132||Jake Gagne||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||11 Laps||3 Laps||1:29.364||0|
|30.||20||Paul Allison||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||3 Laps||8 Laps||1:33.669||0|
|31.||133||Kyle Wyman||Triumph/STT||Triumph Daytona 675||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|