Motorcycle Racing News Road Atlanta SportBike | Race Two Results

Road Atlanta SportBike | Race Two Results

2012 AMA Daytona SportBike

Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Daytona SportBike results from race two at Road Atlanta listed below

It wasn’t quite as easy as Saturday’s wire-to-wire job, but GEICO Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas still managed to win his second AMA Pro Daytona SportBike trophy of the weekend Sunday at Road Atlanta to sweep the Triumph Big Kahuna Nationals and claim the unique top prize – a brand new surfboard.

Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R 600 SportBike) says: “I have to learn how to surf now. I have never tried, but I will head to the beach soon to see if I can do it.”

Surfing aside, there is no question that Cardenas knows how to ride his GSX-R600. He was dominant throughout the weekend, leading every qualifying session and riding to the top of the podium in both main events. In six Daytona SportBike starts at Road Atlanta, Cardenas has won five times. The other race was lost due to engine failure.

Martin Cardenas says: “This track suits me well, and thankfully so does the next one. I feel very comfortable on this bike. It just feels very good and that makes it nice for me.”

Sunday’s race was a little more stressful for Cardenas, although he made it look fairly routine. He swapped the lead around with a couple of riders in the first lap and a half but then pulled ahead for good from there.

Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha’s Tommy Hayden was the only one to keep Cardenas honest, riding right behind him the entire race, but lapped traffic near the end allowed Cardenas to thwart any thoughts of a real challenge and the Colombian took the checkered flag by 1.220 seconds. Taking the final podium was M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki’s Dane Westby.

Martin Cardenas says: “It was harder because Tommy stayed right on my tail the whole way. I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes or he would take the position. It was tiring to ride that focused for that long but this is what was required to win. Some back markers helped me at the end this time, so there was no late maneuvering and I was able to get the victory.

“The entire GEICO Suzuki team should get credit for this weekend. Everyone executed their jobs perfectly and the bike was in great form. I am happy for these two wins.”

Cardenas’ double-win weekend moved his total number of victories in the class to 18, a record amount. It also helped him build a sizable 20-point lead in the championship standings after just three races.

Up next is the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam, which run May 4-6 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

2012 AMA Daytona SportBike Results: Road Atlanta Race Two:

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
1. 36 Martin Cardenas Geico Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 20 Laps WINNER 1:29.087 0
2. 8 Tommy Hayden Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1.220 1.220 1:29.095 0
3. 5 Dane Westby M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 17.851 16.631 1:29.815 0
4. 98 Jake Zemke Ducshop Racing Ducati 848 17.891 0.040 1:29.415 0
5. 132 Jake Gagne Road Race Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6 22.390 4.499 1:29.734 0
6. 50 Bobby Fong Meen Motorsports Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 27.140 4.749 1:29.901 0
7. 95 JD Beach Road Race Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6 27.148 0.008 1:30.096 0
8. 75 Huntley Nash LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 40.037 12.888 1:30.228 0
9. 35 Benny Solis Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team Suzuki GSX-R600 41.968 1.931 1:31.083 0
10. 52 Joey Pascarella SGA Racing/Yamaha Champions Riding School Yamaha YZF-R6 42.228 0.259 1:30.786 0
11. 56 Austin Dehaven Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha YZF-R6 53.991 11.763 1:31.611 0
12. 29 Barrett Long Longevity Racing Ducati 848 54.219 0.227 1:31.435 0
13. 7 Fernando Amantini Team Amantini Kawasaki ZX-6R 54.834 0.614 1:31.476 0
14. 60 Michael Beck Full Tuck Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 54.887 0.053 1:30.491 0
15. 72 Bryce Prince Rotobox/Nexx Yamaha YZF-R6 55.307 0.419 1:31.593 0
16. 111 Derek Wagnon HSBK Racing Ducati 848 55.875 0.568 1:31.461 0
17. 20 Paul Allison Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha YZF-R6 1:17.480 21.604 1:32.492 0
18. 46 Shane Narbonne MOB Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:17.587 0.107 1:32.150 0
19. 74 Josh Galster Josh Galster Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 19 Laps 1 Lap 1:33.204 0
20. 11 Michael Morgan RIM Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 0.381 0.381 1:33.114 0
21. 77 Matthew Sadowski Top Shelf Motorcycles Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 2.499 2.117 1:33.527 0
22. 63 Jeff Wrobel Wrobel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 14.144 11.645 1:33.741 0
23. 213 David White Number213.com Yamaha YZF-R6 46.593 32.448 1:35.215 0
24. 86 Ben Young BYR/Fogi Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 16 Laps 3 Laps 1:31.974 0
25. 38 Kris Turner Turner`s Cycle Racing Triumph Daytona 675 15 Laps 1 Lap 1:32.109 0
26. 700 David Gaviria LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 12 Laps 3 Laps 1:31.562 0
27. 40 Jason DiSalvo Team Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675 10 Laps 2 Laps 1:29.044 0
28. 57 Cory West Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Laps 5 Laps 1:30.425 0
29. 175 Sam Rozynski Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha YZF-R6 3 Laps 2 Laps 1:38.298 0
30. 221 Walt Sipp Walt Sipp Racing Buell 1125R 1:57.190 1:57.190 1:35.364 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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