Video: Highlights Of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Race One From Infineon Raceway

Points Leader Cardenas Crashes Out of West Coast Moto Jam Race Two

SONOMA, Calif. (May 6) — The 33-point cushion GEICO Suzuki Martin Cardenas had built in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike standings by winning three races in a row was reduced to just 12 after the 29-year-old Colombian crashed out of Sunday’s second race at the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam.

Cardenas had been racing hard to get through some traffic at Infineon Raceway and was in second place and closing on race leader Jason Disalvo when he lost the front end of his GSX-R600 at high speed in Turn 8. Cardenas safely slid to a stop but his motorcycle was catapulted over the fencing and was damaged beyond repair. His DNF equated to a 22nd-place finish.

“My fault, 100 percent,” Cardenas said. “I just didn’t want to settle for second and I pushed it too hard. This was one of those times I should have been happy for second place but as a racer you always want more. I didn’t have the best start and fell several seconds behind. I made up a lot of ground and was closing the gap on Jason but just went too far.

“I’m perfectly fine. The leathers did their job and I am uninjured. This is not the result we wanted, obviously, but we did win yesterday’s race so the weekend had a share of success. We’ll be alright.”

After falling back to seventh early in the race, Cardenas picked off the riders in front of him one by one until moving past Tommy Hayden and Joey Pascarella and into second place at the midway point of the 22-lap main. At that point, the gap to Disalvo was slightly more than five seconds. Just before his crash in Lap 17, Cardenas had lowered the margin to three seconds.

Up next is the BigM Weekend, which takes place May 26-28 at Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah, just outside Salt Lake City.

Cardenas Makes It Three Wins In a Row On GEICO Suzuki

Martin Cardenas Infineon Podium SONOMA, Calif. (May 5) — Following a pitched back-and-forth battle for the lead throughout Saturday’s 50-mile race at Infineon Raceway, Martin Cardenas managed to collect his third victory in a row in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class aboard his powerful GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600.

Cardenas and rival Jason DiSalvo swapped the lead multiple times during the 22-lap race around the 2.32-mile, 11-turn road course. But it was Cardenas pouring it on in the end, taking a 1.460-second victory over DiSalvo in the first of two GoPro Daytona SportBike races scheduled for this weekend’s Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam.

“Today was a pretty tough race but it was good for me,” Cardenas said. “Cameron (Beaubier) and Jason were very fast. I made a good start, got the third position, and made my way up to the front from there.

“DiSalvo and I exchanged positions many times throughout the race. I was able to push hard and get past him for the lead towards the end and I kept a decent gap between us from there. My last few lap times were fast, which helped me keep the lead.” Martin Cardenas Infineon Battle

This was Cardenas’ 20th career AMA Pro victory and 19th in the Daytona SportBike class. His win total represents the AMA record for all-time SportBike wins. The win pads Cardenas’ championship lead to 33 points over Dane Westby.

“It’s a good result,” Cardenas said, “although I think we are all very tired from this race. The track was very physical and demanding. Towards the end I was definitely feeling tired and sore in my hands. It’s a good tired, though.”

A quick warm-up at 9:30 a.m. begins Sunday’s action with Race 2 slated to begin at 2:15 p.m. SPEED TV will air the action.

GEICO Suzuki Rider Cardenas 3rd Quickest in Opening Sonoma Qualifier

SONOMA, Calif. (May 4) — Championship points leader Martin Cardenas opened qualifying for this weekend’s Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway with a best lap time of 1:38.593, slotting his GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600 third overall.

It was a decent start for the 29-year-old Colombian, who entered this race fresh off consecutive AMA Pro Daytona SportBike victories at the tour’s last stop in Road Atlanta.

“The GEICO bike continues to run well,” Cardenas said. “Qualifying went much better than this morning’s practice. We tried the soft tire and it gave us a lot more grip, but we don’t think it’s going to be able to run through a whole race. We have to keep working with the medium tire to find a little more grip in the rear.”

Cardenas and crew will get another shot at the track in the second qualifying session, scheduled for 9:20 a.m. Saturday. Most expect Q2 to be much quicker as cooler ambient temperatures in the morning hours should add a shot of horsepower to everyone’s tune-up.

“It’s looking good for us,” Cardenas said. “I think we will get pretty good speed from the bike tomorrow morning. I have to do some things better on the bike, but hopefully the things we have to fix are small things. It would be great to move up the grid but being on the front row in any position is good.”

Jason Disalvo (1:38.159) and Cameron Beaubier (1:38.466), eighth and 13th in the points, respectively, were the only two riders quicker than Cardenas in Q1.