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In the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike class at Barber Motorsports Park, Martin Cardenas captured his series high ninth motorcycle racing win of the year to take his first AMA Pro Racing championship by eight points over last year’s champion, Danny Eslick and his GEICO Powersports Suzuki team.

Cardenas, on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki took a solid motorcycle race victory over Eslick and Dane Westby in another classic Daytona Sportbike race.

Sunday’s AMA Daytona SportBike race was also impacted by wet weather and after the Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha team riders Clinton Seller and Dane Westby took up station at the front, Martin, running third, was the one who was firmly in control of the championship.

His main motorcycle racing rivals, Eslick and Team Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin had a coming together at one point and both were back from the comfortable looking Cardenas.

All of that changed dramatically on lap 14 when both Westby, who was now leading and also Sellers, had spectacular accidents which brought out the red flag.

In the blink of an eye, Martin’s ten second advantage over Eslick and Herrin was gone. Restarting the race with nine laps left, it was Herrin who led with Martin right behind him and Eslick in third.

Eslick made a major move and went from third to first and now he was in position to take the 2010 racing championship.

Martin now found himself in fourth, behind Dane Westby as well as his main championship rivals. The big moment came on lap nineteen when Herrin made a major move on Eslick in turn four and the two touched as Eslick dove back under Herrin as they went through the middle of the corner, Herrin went off and in a moment, Cardenas was by and into the lead he would not relinquish.

Eslick recovered to run second ahead of Westby who had been slightly delayed in the melee as well. As hard as Danny tried, he just couldn’t run Martin down, right at the end, Danny had a big moment and Martin was able to take the checkered flag and the championship by 1.687 seconds.

Herrin recovered to finish eleventh and wound up third in the championship with 377 points, twenty-eight behind Cardenas and twenty behind Eslick.

Danny Eslick says: “I hate to lose the number one plate but Martin just beat us today, we raced as hard as we could and gave all we had.”

Martin Cardenas says: “I have to thank my M4 Monster Energy Suzuki team, they work so hard and are the best team I have ever worked with, I feel so good for them.”

Another rider who thanked his team was Dane Westby, after he went down, his Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha team and also the Pat Clark Motorsports team all pitched in to fix his Yamaha in record time so that he was able to re-start the race and end up third.

Dane Westby says: “I can’t thank everyone enough. I took quite a flight there, and they finished fixing the bike about two seconds before it was time to go so to end up third is pretty great.”

Chronic Motorsports Yamaha rider Paul Allison featured after the restart and he took fourth ahead of Vesrah Suzuki teammates Chris Fillmore and Cory West. Team Latus Motors Ducati rider Steve Rapp finished seventh ahead of Tommy Aquino, Clinton Seller and Kyle Wyman, all riding Yamahas.

AMA Superbike Weekend

Daytona SportBike Race 2 – Daytona SportBike

September 5, 2010 New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ

Race Time: 32:30.972

Margin of Victory: 0.509

Best Race Lap: Martin Cardenas (1:23.895)

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
11Danny EslickGEICO Powersports ·RMR ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60023 LapsWINNER1:24.2940
28Josh HerrinTeam Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R60.5090.5091:23.9210
336Martin CardenasM4 Monster Energy SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6000.7390.2301:23.8950
454P. J. JacobsenCeltic RacingSuzuki GSX-R6000.8150.0751:24.1050
56Tommy AquinoTeam Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.2490.4341:24.2370
62Dane WestbyProject 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R621.18419.9351:24.1430
730Bobby FongDNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports DucatiDucati 84831.32910.1451:24.2100
8210Paul AllisonChronic MotorsportsYamaha YZF-R635.0493.7191:24.9290
960Michael BeckDNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports DucatiDucati 84836.3791.3291:25.7860
1016Russ WikleWikle RacingSuzuki GSX-R60039.4913.1121:25.7290
11133Kyle WymanHarv`s Harley-DavidsonYamaha YZF-R639.5260.0351:25.4490
12114Mike Markbilt RacebikesYamaha YZF-R61:02.62523.0981:26.4480
137Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki Ninja ZX-6R1:02.6630.0381:25.9830
1432Santiago SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6001:05.6232.9591:26.7380
1578Reese WackerWacker Racing LLCSuzuki GSX-R6001:18.72813.1041:27.0210
16175Sam RozynskiChronic MotorsportsYamaha YZF-R622 Laps1 Lap1:29.8530
1791Brent LyskawaBruce TransportationYamaha YZF-R621 Laps1 Lap1:26.8720
1855Chris FillmoreVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60020 Laps1 Lap1:24.2600
19811Michael MorganAutolite RIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R60017 Laps3 Laps1:27.3100
2057Cory WestVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60016 Laps1 Lap1:24.2340
21461Abe StaceySouthern MotorsportsSuzuki GSX-R60014 Laps2 Laps1:29.5270
2215Steve RappTeam Latus Motors RacingDucati 84813 Laps1 Lap1:24.0790
2347David AnthonyFour Feathers RacingYamaha YZF-R610 Laps3 Laps1:26.4080
2413Melissa ParisMPH Racing ·Inc.Yamaha YZF-R69 Laps1 Lap1:29.3590