Team M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas finished off the Heartland Park Topeka double-header weekend strong by winning the second of two AMA Daytona SportBike races on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas. The Colombian rider got a good start on his M4 Suzuki GSX-R600 and rode an almost flawless 20-lap race, in spite of having to go through a restart after a red flag sidelined the race early on. In the restart, Cardenas was running in third place for multiple laps before moving into second place. He paced the leader for a while and then put on a charge toward the end. On the last lap, Cardenas battled hard for the lead before taking the win at the checkers. Winning this race was a confidence boost for Cardenas, who crashed out of Saturday’s race while battling for the lead. Additionally, this victory marks Cardenas’ seventh win of the season and also means he is currently tied for the lead in the overall championship points standings.
Martin Cardenas Speaks… (1st Place, Race 2 on Sunday)
"It was a very good race. I had a good battle with Danny (Eslick, yesterday’s winner) after the halfway point and at the beginning with my teammate Jason (DiSalvo). It was very difficult today. I knew it was going to be very difficult because Danny was very strong on the straights and I was catching him in some places but when we got to the front straight, he would get me a little bit there. I noticed today he was struggling more than yesterday in some places. So I decided to give it a go and with three or four laps from the end, I tried to pass him. My original plan was to try and gap him a little bit and try to maintain the lead when we get to the start/finish line. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out but at the end I waited for the last lap and tried to make a pass on the back section of the track and stay in front and hope that I’ll be first on the finish line. It did work that time and I’m very happy with this race and thanks to M4 Suzuki and the GSX-R600."
Round 9 – AMA Daytona SportBike – Heartland Park Topeka
M4 Suzuki will race next at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, the weekend of August 14 – 16, 2009.