While he didn’t complete his charge for the win, Cardenas’ effort was most impressive and further signaled his arrival as a serious contender for the throne.
He said, “The race was good. I liked it a little bit better than yesterday. Especially at the end, I got in a very good rhythm. I got a good start and the first few laps I was kinda okay. And then he passed me and did some very fast laps and I couldn’t keep on with him. I was not so good in some corners, but then I calmed down and started to get into a very good rhythm. We finished second, which is a very good place and a little bit closer, which is the idea. We’re happier than yesterday, and the Suzuki is working good. We’re looking forward to Barber and seeing what we can do.”
Herrin hung tough on Cardenas’ rear wheel until the Suzuki man ratcheted up the pace. Once he lost the tow, Herrin faded dramatically, finishing more than eight seconds off the win. However, the career-long Yamaha pilot had built up a large safety margin behind him and cruised to a safe podium finish.
“I thought it was really good,” Herrin said, who is now second in the points with 92. “Towards the end of the race I faded, obviously. I have no excuses for that — I was making little mistakes. For some reason when Martin would run wide, I’d think in my head, ‘here’s my chance to catch up or to pass him’ but I’d follow him every time. He’d run wide, I’d run wide. He’d have a bobble, I’d have a bobble. That was really hurting me.
“Towards the end, he really dropped the hammer and started reeling in Josh. I was hoping I’d stay with him but I just wasn’t able to.”
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden scored a lonely fourth after flashing a front-running pace on the race’s opening two laps. He was followed home by his Jordan Suzuki teammate, Danny Eslick, to put three Suzukis in the top five.
Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Yamaha’s Larry Pegram took sixth with several seconds of padding in either direction.
Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony beat KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore for seventh. Team AMSOIL/Hero’s Aaron Yates was elevated to top EBR 1190RS pilot when his Team Hero teammate, Geoff May, crashed out of seventh on lap three. The big Georgian finished ninth.
Team RSRacecraft EBR’s Cory West just held on to beat Farrell Performance Kawasaki’s Jason Farrell and M4 Broaster Chicken Honda’s Chris Ulrich for the final spot inside the top ten.