Road America SportBike: Race 1 Results

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2012 AMA GoPro Daytona SportBike

Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Daytona SportBike results from Road America listed below

GEICO Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas found another way to win a GoPro Daytona SportBike race Saturday at Road America, playing it safe early before riding through the top half of the field from a mid-pack position to take his fifth victory of the season and class-record 21st of his career.

Cardenas had qualified third but encountered problems at the launch, which allowed a large group of trailing riders to pull alongside heading into Turn 1, a sweeping right-hander that is almost as wide as the straightaway. Rather than trying to make back all of his lost ground at once, he fell into line, eventually anchoring the lead group in 12th place.

Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600 SportBike) says: “My start was not good. Actually, it was pretty bad. It felt like it took a moment for it to engage when I released the clutch so I fell back a little bit. The first turn it seemed as if there were 100 bikes around me. I decided to be cautious and wait for the field to thin out a little bit. Then I had to get to work.”

The 29-year-old Colombian found his groove by Lap 3 and started picking off riders in front of him, sometimes in large groupings. By Lap 5 he had moved into third place, where he realized he needed to bridge a fairly sizable gap on leaders Jason DiSalvo (Team Latus Triumph) and Cameron Beaubier (Graves Y.E.S. Yamaha), the two riders that had qualified ahead of him.

Martin Cardenas says: “I tucked in as tight as I could to move towards the leaders and (Dane) Westby came with me. I pushed very hard because I was looking at the skies and I thought the rain may start at any moment. I wanted to be in the lead position if that happened.

“The GEICO Suzuki guys gave me a great bike once again. It was very, very fast and I was able to take the lead position on Lap 6. I didn’t want to give it up after that because I was still worried about the rain. I guess someone (Beaubier) made a little mistake and from there I was able to open a small gap with about 3 laps to go and that was all I needed.”

Cardenas’ weather predictions weren’t far off as rain began falling almost as soon as he crossed the finish line, ahead of Beaubier and DiSalvo. Eventually, everyone made it back to pit row safely, with Cardenas pulling into the winner’s circle for a raucous welcome from his crew.

With the win, Cardenas extended his championship points lead to 41 over DiSalvo. The total includes the bonus point he earned for leading the most laps in Saturday’s race. The GEICO Suzuki crew also was honored as the No. 1 Team of the race, an award that was accepted by crew chief Frank Aragaki on behalf of team owner Chris Ulrich.

The Subway Superbike Doubleheader schedule now turns to Sunday with Cardenas going for another trophy at 2:15 p.m.

2012 Road America AMA Daytona SportBike Results:

osNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.36Martin CardenasGeico SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60013 LapsWINNER2:19.9800
2.6Cameron BeaubierYamaha Extended Service, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.3681.3682:20.0840
3.40Jason DiSalvoTeam Latus Motors RacingTriumph Daytona 6752.3731.0052:20.0040
4.5Dane WestbyM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6002.4750.1012:20.1980
5.50Bobby FongMeen Motorsports RacingYamaha YZF-R610.5678.0922:19.6290
6.98Jake ZemkeDucshop RacingDucati 84816.2045.6362:20.7410
7.57Cory WestRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60018.1441.9402:20.9390
8.132Jake GagneRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R618.1690.0252:20.9240
9.95JD BeachRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R618.3690.1992:20.7020
10.75Huntley NashLTD RacingYamaha YZF-R618.3810.0112:20.8020
11.7Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R23.8415.4602:21.4270
12.8Tommy HaydenYamaha Extended Service, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R634.13910.2982:22.7600
13.20Benny Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R637.4853.3452:22.3490
14.52Joey PascarellaRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60037.8220.3372:22.5060
15.56Austin Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R650.27012.4472:23.6940
16.86Ben YoungBYR/Fogi RacingYamaha YZF-R659.6949.4242:24.4190
17.38Kris TurnerTurner`s Cycle RacingTriumph Daytona 6751:06.6036.9082:23.3130
18.42Kenny RiedmannSturgess Cycle TriumphTriumph Daytona 6751:10.0313.4282:25.1180
19.46Shane NarbonneMOB RacingYamaha YZF-R61:10.6910.6602:25.1040
20.11Michael MorganRIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6001:11.0910.4002:25.0440
21.24Scott RyanStiles RacingYamaha YZF-R61:15.4854.3932:25.1290
22.72Bryce PrinceRotobox/NexxYamaha YZF-R61:33.26817.7832:23.9080
23.13Melissa ParisSea Miracle Yamaha RacingYamaha YZF-R61:45.48312.2152:27.1580
24.966Daniel OrtegaDan Ortega Racing.comSuzuki GSX-R6002:09.74624.2622:29.4810
25.94Dave EbbenEbben RacingKawasaki ZX-6R2:30.89321.1462:30.3520
26.175Sam Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R612 Laps1 Lap2:31.4440
27.127Ron MearsTornado Bait RacingHonda CBR600RR10 Laps2 Laps2:30.7250
28.63Jeff WrobelWrobel RacingYamaha YZF-R69 Laps1 Lap2:28.5300
29.74Josh GalsterJosh Galster RacingYamaha YZF-R61 Lap8 Laps2:31.5860

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