AMA Pro Road Racing
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA SportBike results from New Jersey Motorsports Park listed below
Martin Cardenas and GEICO Suzuki won Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race from New Jersey Motorsports Park, his seventh win of the year. Dane Westby (M4 Suzuki) and Bobby Fong (Meen Motorsports) finished just behind Cardenas after the Colombian passed them in the final run to the flag.
“I gave it a go on the last lap and tried to go as fast as I could. I’m happy,” Cardenas said.
Earlier in the race, a red flag came out after Tommy Hayden hit fluid on the track from another rider returning to the track after an off-course excursion. Hayden highsided in the water on the track. Cameron Beaubier also crashed, as well as Aaron Gobert and Michael Beck.
After the restart, Cardenas looked to have the race in hand but got shuffled back in the lead pack as the laps counted down. Cardenas said Westby repeatedly made up nearly a half-second in turn ten, which made it tough to close up but he did so on the final lap.
“The bike worked awesome all weekend. I led for about ten or twelve laps and I knew Bobby was right behind me,” Cardenas said. “Dane passed me and so did Bobby and they did some good laps. I thought about throwing in the towel but I made one more run. I got a good drive out of the last corner and drafted them on the front straight. I knew all three of us could win. The last few races I was close, so I am glad today worked out for me.”
Westby, who started 13th, said he got a bad drive the final time onto the straight. “It just didn’t work out for us but a trophy and some champagne is not so bad,” he said.
Fong, a fantastic rider on a smaller team, earned the podium this time out. He wanted more, though – a second AMA Pro class victory. “I’m really upset with myself and I timed everything wrong,” said Fong. “It’s a work in progress and every weekend, we’re getting better.”
Tommy Aquino was fourth on the Kneedraggers.com Yamaha, ahead of young rider Jake Gagne on the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha. A three-rider pack consisting of Cory West (Vesrah Suzuki), Jake Zemke (Ducshop Ducati), and J.D. Beach (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull) battled for sixth.
Notably, several top riders retired from the race including Jason DiSalvo, Beaubier and Hayden.
2012 New Jersey AMA SportBike Results, Race 2:
|1.||36||Martin Cardenas||GEICO Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||23 Laps||WINNER||1:23.830||0|
|2.||5||Dane Westby||M4 Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||0.053||0.053||1:23.308||0|
|3.||50||Bobby Fong||Meen Motorsports Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||0.216||0.163||1:23.903||0|
|4.||124||Tommy Aquino||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||4.501||4.285||1:23.888||0|
|5.||132||Jake Gagne||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||19.031||14.530||1:24.726||0|
|6.||57||Cory West||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||28.260||9.228||1:24.928||0|
|7.||98||Jake Zemke||Ducshop Racing||Ducati 848||28.271||0.011||1:24.933||0|
|8.||95||JD Beach||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||28.278||0.007||1:24.692||0|
|9.||175||David Gaviria||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||32.758||4.480||1:25.266||0|
|10.||61||Michael Beck||Team Beck Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||32.886||0.128||1:24.850||0|
|11.||46||Shane Narbonne||MOB Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||33.086||0.199||1:24.875||0|
|12.||72||Bryce Prince||Rotobox/Nexx||Yamaha YZF-R6||50.720||17.634||1:25.332||0|
|13.||52||Joey Pascarella||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||1:01.801||11.080||1:26.464||0|
|14.||86||Ben Young||BYR/Fogi Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:02.282||0.481||1:26.471||0|
|15.||11||Michael Morgan||RIM Racing||Suzuki GSX-R600||22 Laps||1 Lap||1:28.722||0|
|16.||63||Jeff Wrobel||Wrobel Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||0.051||0.051||1:28.663||0|
|17.||966||Daniel Ortega||Convergence Technologies Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||0.167||0.116||1:28.189||0|
|18.||84||Anthony Fania||KSW Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||19.721||19.553||1:29.438||0|
|19.||13||Melissa Paris||MPH Racing||Suzuki GSX-R600||26.337||6.616||1:29.343||0|
|20.||42||Kenny Riedmann||Sturgess Cycle Triumph||Triumph Daytona 675||17 Laps||5 Laps||1:25.546||0|
|21.||40||Jason DiSalvo||Team Latus Motors Racing||Triumph Daytona 675||3 Laps||14 Laps||1:24.974||0|
|22.||22||Tommy Hayden||Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||2 Laps||1 Lap||1:24.323||0|
|23.||6||Cameron Beaubier||Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||0.578||0.578||1:24.522||0|
|24.||96||Aaron Gobert||Full Tuck Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||3.853||3.274||1:26.377||0|
|25.||75||Huntley Nash||LTD Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1 Lap||1 Lap||1:30.399||0|
|26.||20||Benny Solis||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|
|27.||74||Josh Galster||Gearzy/Josh Galster Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|
|28.||7||Fernando Amantini||Team Amantini||Kawasaki ZX-6R||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|
|29.||78||Reese Wacker||Wacker Racing LLC||Suzuki GSX-R600||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|