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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:

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
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

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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