Road America SportBike | Race 2 Results

2012 AMA Daytona GoPro Daytona SportBike

GEICO Suzuki superstar Martin Cardenas continued his dominance of the GoPro Daytona SportBike class with his second victory of the weekend Sunday at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.

Cardenas has now won six of eight races this season and leads the championship chase by 47 points over Jason DiSalvo (Team Latus Triumph), who finished second.

Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600 SportBike) says: “Today was another great race. I had a much better start than yesterday and was able to gain the No. 1 position by the second lap. I just tried to push and get into a good rhythm and see if anyone else would come with me. It turned out a rather large group came along so we had quite a race.”

Cardenas led by less than a second for nine laps before Cameron Beaubier was able to get past him with three to go. Cardenas regained the top spot a few corners later and the race to the finish was on from there.

Martin Cardenas says: “As close as everyone was the last few laps I knew I needed to be perfect. Cameron was very close, I could hear his bike, and I took a few looks back to see where the others were. I knew any mistake would be trouble so I concentrated very hard on hitting my spots.”

Beaubier made one last attempt to pass Cardenas in the final turn but overran the apex, went off the racing surface, and tumbled to the ground, giving Cardenas the cushion he needed to win. Beaubier’s accident allowed DiSalvo to jump up to second, with J.D. Beach (Road Race Factory Red Bull Yamaha) filing out the podium. Beaubier, the only other rider to lead laps in this race (he led two), ended up 20th.

Martin Cardenas says: “I suppose Cameron was very close around the last turn but I raced the same line I had raced all day. I didn’t know he wrecked until later. I think I would have had the bike to win either way. I was prepared for any move he was going to make and I stayed very aggressive in the braking zones to maintain my position.

“I had my fastest lap the final time around because I knew they were right on my tail. The GEICO Suzuki was very fast all weekend and the team has done everything they can to give me the best bike. The whole team has improved and the new Suzuki is good for me. With everyone getting along the pieces are all there to win.”

Rounding out the top five were Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha rider Tommy Hayden and Duc Shop Racing Ducati’s Jake Zemke.

The tour takes two weekend’s off before the Triumph SuperBike Classic, which runs June 22-24 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

2012 AMA Daytona SportBike: Road America Race 2 Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.36Martin CardenasGeico SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60013 LapsWINNER2:19.5050
2.40Jason DiSalvoTeam Latus Motors RacingTriumph Daytona 6751.0101.0102:19.9060
3.95JD BeachRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R61.0200.0092:19.8740
4.8Tommy HaydenYamaha Extended Service, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.1840.1642:19.6390
5.98Jake ZemkeDucshop RacingDucati 8485.2304.0462:20.1280
6.5Dane WestbyM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6005.8930.6622:20.2500
7.75Huntley NashLTD RacingYamaha YZF-R611.4375.5442:20.7150
8.57Cory WestRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60015.0513.6142:20.6690
9.132Jake GagneRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R615.3520.3002:20.3200
10.50Bobby FongMeen Motorsports RacingYamaha YZF-R615.5290.1772:20.3480
11.52Joey PascarellaRiders Discount Vesrah Suzuki TeamSuzuki GSX-R60015.5430.0142:20.6040
12.20Benny Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R626.71011.1672:20.9080
13.72Bryce PrinceRotobox/NexxYamaha YZF-R629.9243.2132:21.9030
14.56Austin Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R629.9570.0322:21.9260
15.38Kris TurnerTurner`s Cycle RacingTriumph Daytona 67549.38719.4302:22.6860
16.7Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R50.7691.3812:22.7750
17.74Josh GalsterJosh Galster RacingYamaha YZF-R658.7798.0102:23.9530
18.46Shane NarbonneMOB RacingYamaha YZF-R658.9630.1842:23.8460
19.11Michael MorganRIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6001:02.9884.0242:24.0180
20.6Cameron BeaubierYamaha Extended Service, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R61:08.3515.3632:19.8960
21.24Scott RyanStiles RacingYamaha YZF-R61:09.5221.1702:24.6550
22.42Kenny RiedmannSturgess Cycle TriumphTriumph Daytona 6751:18.3618.8382:24.5070
23.966Daniel OrtegaDan Ortega Racing.comSuzuki GSX-R6001:45.64427.2832:27.0040
24.13Melissa ParisSea Miracle Yamaha RacingYamaha YZF-R61:46.0790.4352:27.3310
25.127Ron MearsTornado Bait RacingHonda CBR600RR2:06.44220.3622:29.0720
26.175Sam Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R62:24.27417.8322:31.1030
27.94Dave EbbenEbben RacingKawasaki ZX-6R12 Laps1 Lap2:31.2000
28.63Jeff WrobelWrobel RacingYamaha YZF-R69 Laps3 Laps2:28.8080
29.86Ben YoungBYR/Fogi RacingYamaha YZF-R68 Laps1 Lap2:23.0620