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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:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.36Martin CardenasGeico SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60020 LapsWINNER1:29.12432
2.5Dane WestbyM4 Broaster Chicken SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6004.4604.4601:29.45625
3.8Tommy HaydenYamaha Extended Service, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R610.0895.6281:29.77621
4.98Jake ZemkeDucshop RacingDucati 84813.7093.6201:30.06318
5.57Cory WestRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60014.7301.0211:30.12316
6.50Bobby FongMeen Motorsports RacingYamaha YZF-R614.7860.0551:29.68315
7.75Huntley NashLTD RacingYamaha YZF-R632.49617.7101:30.73114
8.52Joey PascarellaSGA Racing/Yamaha Champions Riding SchoolYamaha YZF-R632.6890.1921:30.85713
9.95JD BeachRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R632.9010.2121:30.66612
10.60Michael BeckFull Tuck RacingYamaha YZF-R633.2870.3861:30.94411
11.56Austin Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R651.84018.5531:31.57910
12.72Bryce PrinceRotobox/NexxYamaha YZF-R652.1970.3561:31.5779
13.7Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R56.4834.2861:31.9898
14.29Barrett LongLongevity RacingDucati 84856.6650.1811:31.7357
15.700David GaviriaLTD RacingYamaha YZF-R61:05.4998.8341:32.1986
16.111Derek WagnonHSBK RacingDucati 8481:05.8210.3211:32.2245
17.40Jason DiSalvoTeam Latus Motors RacingTriumph Daytona 6751:09.6133.7921:29.7884
18.86Ben YoungBYR/Fogi RacingYamaha YZF-R61:10.9371.3231:32.4403
19.46Shane NarbonneMOB RacingYamaha YZF-R61:16.8285.8901:32.6592
20.74Josh GalsterJosh Galster RacingYamaha YZF-R619 Laps1 Lap1:33.6181
21.77Matthew SadowskiTop Shelf Motorcycles RacingSuzuki GSX-R6002.5522.5521:33.6610
22.11Michael MorganRIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6009.8507.2971:33.9700
23.221Walt SippWalt Sipp RacingBuell 1125R17.1247.2741:34.5900
24.63Jeff WrobelWrobel RacingYamaha YZF-R617.2070.0821:34.5660
25.213David WhiteNumber213.comYamaha YZF-R643.27826.0711:34.9200
26.175Sam Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R61:28.76645.4881:38.7350
27.35Benny SolisRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60018 Laps1 Lap1:29.6320
28.38Kris TurnerTurner`s Cycle RacingTriumph Daytona 67514 Laps4 Laps1:31.7340
29.132Jake GagneRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R611 Laps3 Laps1:29.3640
30.20Paul Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R63 Laps8 Laps1:33.6690
31.133Kyle WymanTriumph/STTTriumph Daytona 675DNSDNS-no times-0