The hottest rider in AMA Pro Road Racing today might very well be Martin Cardenas, riding for M4 Suzuki and taking two wins in the Daytona SportBike class at the Barber Motorsports Park round of the series.
The quiet Colombian, Cardenas, is showing himself as both fast and smart, making the most of his Suzuki GSX-R600, outfitted with the latest Öhlins TTX rear shock and fork kits, the same that are available to all racers.
Jamie Hacking rode to his second podium finish of the weekend and took back the points lead during the second AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Consistent finishes all weekend helped Hacking build a three-point advantage in the points standings. Teammate Roger Hayden pulled in early in the race, finishing 37th.
In spite of tornado threats and torrential downpours, M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas celebrated an impressive race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, over the past few days. The Colombian rider swept his first double-header race weekend by winning both Saturday’s and Sunday’s AMA Daytona SportBike races. This double victory means that Cardenas now has three AMA Daytona SportBike victories under his belt. M4 Suzuki teammate Jason DiSalvo also had a strong showing over the weekend.
Mat Mladin won his seventh AMA Superbike race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite lengthy delays in the racing program due to heavy rain and tornado warnings, an abbreviated, 16-lap AMA Superbike race was run at the end of the day and six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin picked up his 79th career AMA Superbike win. Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates followed Mladin home in second place and picked up his best result of the season.
The day’s three races were delayed by two hours and each race was shortened five laps from its scheduled distance as a band of severe storms swept through the area and tornado warnings were issued in the early afternoon.
In an ongoing effort to maintain a competitive balance among all manufacturers competing in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL division, AMA Pro Road Racing officials dyno tested the 10 motorcycles that qualified for Friday’s Superpole session at Barber Motorsports Park.
"AMA Pro Racing is dedicated to ensuring that we deliver to our fans great competition on the track between a variety of brands," said AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson. "This was an important step in getting the formula where it needs to be to make good on that commitment."
Mat Mladin maintained his perfect record for 2009 and Jason DiSalvo scored his second consecutive Superpole in qualifying for this weekend’s AMA Pro Honda Superbike Classic doubleheaders at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) today announced its recognition of the Kevin Schwantz School, making it the first outside training curriculum to receive this distinction by the MSF. Founded by 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz in 2001, the school has recently relocated to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Championship leaders Mat Mladin (No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX- R1000) and Danny Eslick (No. 9 Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing/RMR Buell 1125R) will lead a full field of AMA Pro Road Racing teams and riders to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend for the 7th annual Honda Superbike Classic. Over 130 AMA Pro motorcycles are entered for the event that takes place at the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park circuit, May 1 – 3.
After a productive month of preparations, Team Foremost Pegram Racing is packing up and heading to Barber Motorsports Park for the fourth round of the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike Championship. Following a disappointing weekend at Road Atlanta earlier this month, rider Larry Pegram has worked on regaining his strength after injuries hampered his performance in Georgia. The team tested several days at Infineon Raceway in California and is pleased with the progress made on their Ducati 1098 R at the official test.