Cardenas Rolls To Atlanta SportBike Prize

Martin Cardenas dominated the Daytona Sport Bike race one in Atlanta. (Photo: AMA Pro)
Martin Cardenas dominated the Daytona Sport Bike race one in Atlanta. (Photo: AMA Pro)

BRASELTON, Ga.  — Former series champion Martin Cardenas won his first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike contest of the year on Saturday. The GEICO Suzuki rider set pole and ran away with the 20-lap race, although it was not without two drama-filled moments he experienced while riding alone. The second near-miss saw Cardenas, then with a five-second lead, run through the grass to keep from crashing. The Colombian quickly regrouped and set his quick lap of the race the following time around, though.

“It was enough to win this race. I thought it was going to be a big battle like always,” said Cardenas, surprised to have run much of the race by himself.

Dane Westby earned second with a brilliant ride. Westby, on board the M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki, got a poor start and charged through the top 10 to second place. The Oklahoman’s race was reminiscent of his Mid-Ohio victory last season as he continued to gain momentum throughout.

Tommy Hayden earned third in his substitute ride on the Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha. Hayden had a race-long battle with Benny Solis (Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki) who crashed at turn 10 on the penultimate lap. Jake Zemke, riding for the local Ducshop Ducati team, followed. Cory West (Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki) was solid on his way to fifth place, ahead of former AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race-winner Bobby Fong (Meen Motorsports) and Huntley Nash in his best ever GoPro Daytona SportBike result for LTD Racing.

DAYTONA 200 Winner Joey Pascarella earned eighth in his first race for SGA Racing. J.D.Beach was ninth for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull and Michael Beck (Full Tuck Racing) rounded out the top 10.

1Martin CardenasGeico SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R600
2Dane WestbyM4 Broaster Chicken SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R600
3Tommy HaydenGraves Yamaha Extended ServiceYamaha YZF-R6
4Jake ZemkeDucshop RacingDucati 848
5Cory WestRiders Discount Vesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R600
6Bobby FongMeen Motorsports RacingYamaha YZF-R6
7Huntley NashLTD RacingYamaha YZF-R6
8Joey PascarellaProject 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R6
9JD BeachRoad Race Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R6
10Michael BeckFull Tuck RacingYamaha YZF-R6
11Austin DehavenTriple Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R6
12Bryce PrinceRotobox/NexxYamaha YZF-R6
13Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R
14Barrett LongLongevity RacingDucati 848
15David GaviriaLTD Racing