Barber: AMA SportBike Saturday Results

Barber SportBike

Saturday’s action at Barber Motorsports Park produced some memorable races where some of the championship pieces began to fall into place as the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season draws to a close.

In Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL, Martin Cardenas rode one of his most measured and complete races of the year in capturing his series high eighth race win of the season and in the process, he took over the points lead from Danny Eslick.

Martin and his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki now lead the Daytona SportBike standings by five points over Eslick and his GEICO Powersports Suzuki by eight over Josh Herrin going into tomorrow’s final race of the Daytona SportBike season.

Taking a surprise second place was Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha rider Clinton Seller. He has been quick all weekend and he pretty much attached himself to the back of Martin’s Suzuki and stayed there for the entire 21 lap race.

Clinton tried on more than one occasion to pass Martin but using excellent judgment and skill, Clinton raced Martin hard but fair and at the end, he was only 0.127 of a second behind at the checkered flag.

It was Danny Eslick that had the most eventful race, he grabbed the early lead but just as quickly, the race was red flagged due to a couple of incidents, Paul Allison went down in turn one and three more motorcycles went off together later on the same lap necessitating a red flag.

On the restart, Cardenas got a much better start and he and Sellers pretty much rode off into the sunset. It was Eslick and a number of other riders including the third contender in the points chase, Team Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin who captured much of the focus of the race.

As the bulk of the field was battling early, Herrin and Eslick got together and Herrin was pushed back to seventh place but he recovered well and put his head down to work his way right back up through the field.

He re-passed Eslick on lap six, worked his way up to third and then began chipping away at the first two, at one point he seemed to be making slight progress but at the end, the leaders encountered a big group of slower riders and as Martin and Clinton were able to slice through, Josh was delayed just enough to end his slight chance at victory.

Eslick battled all day and even though he might not have had the outright speed needed to win, as usual he never gave up and finished fifth behind Seller’s Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha teammate, Dane Westby.

With Martin’s win, he moves to the top of the standings with 375, Eslick now is in second with 372 and Herrin is in third with 367.

Again, all bets are off for tomorrow’s race with 31 points up for grabs. As it has all year, the Daytona SportBike race will be a thriller and go right down to the wire.

Superbike Classic

Daytona SportBike Race – Daytona SportBike

September 25, 2010 Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, AL

Race Time: 31:24.527

Margin of Victory: 0.127

Best Race Lap: Clinton Seller (1:28.699)

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
136Martin CardenasM4 Monster Energy SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60021 LapsWINNER1:29.1950
24Clinton SellerProject 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R60.1270.1271:28.6990
38Josh HerrinTeam Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R62.6772.5501:29.3550
42Dane WestbyProject 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R610.4817.8031:29.4430
51Danny EslickGEICO Powersports ·RMR ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60017.2696.7881:29.3460
6133Kyle WymanHarv`s Harley-DavidsonYamaha YZF-R635.81718.5481:30.2640
754P. J. JacobsenCeltic RacingSuzuki GSX-R60049.76313.9451:29.6700
838Kris TurnerTurner`s Cycle RacingSuzuki GSX-R60052.2122.4491:30.8450
960Michael BeckDNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports DucatiDucati 84853.7011.4881:31.6270
1016Russ WikleWikle RacingSuzuki GSX-R6001:02.0598.3581:31.6190
117Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki Ninja ZX-6R1:02.4080.3491:31.8090
1229Barrett LongLongevity RacingDucati 8481:16.20213.7931:32.2810
1378Reese WackerWacker Racing LLCSuzuki GSX-R6001:16.3320.1301:32.6190
14120Jodi ChristieJodi Christie RacingHonda CBR600RR20 Laps1 Lap1:33.1720
15461Abe StaceySouthern MotorsportsSuzuki GSX-R6000.6950.6951:33.1420
16811Michael MorganAutolite RIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6002.4251.7291:33.3860
17966Daniel OrtegaDanOrtegaRacing.comYamaha YZF-R62.5820.1571:33.7640
1872Greg GormanThe Way to Happiness Racing TeamSuzuki GSX-R6003.2220.6401:33.2730
1981Wes HumphryesHumphryes RacingSuzuki GSX-R60052.15448.9321:35.3590
20250Nadr RiadRiad RacingYamaha YZF-R61:02.0339.8791:35.3120
2157Cory WestVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60017 Laps3 Laps1:29.6080
22175Sam RozynskiChronic MotorsportsYamaha YZF-R613 Laps4 Laps1:35.5940
2355Chris FillmoreVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60010 Laps3 Laps1:30.1720
2415Steve RappTeam Latus Motors RacingDucati 8488 Laps2 Laps1:29.5360
25213David WhiteGrant Smith`s Memory RacingKawasaki ZX-6R31.51531.5151:32.7960
266Tommy AquinoTeam Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R65 Laps3 Laps1:29.1400
27197Chase McFarlandChase McFarland RacingBuell 1125R3 Laps2 Laps1:32.8360
2828Alistair DouglasGiant RacingTriumph Daytona 6751 Lap2 Laps