Sep 22, 2012
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Triumph Big Kahuna Miami/GEICO Racing AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
September 22, 2012
Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 23 laps
2. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), -1.633 seconds
3. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), -2.676
4. Dane Westby (Suz GSX-R600), -6.304
5. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), -13.037
6. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), -19.716
7. Tommy Aquino (Yam YZF-R6), -19.860
8. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), -20.209
9. Austin Dehaven (Yam YZF-R6), -38.857
10. Joey Pascarella (Suz GSX-R600), -39.298
11. David Gaviria (Yam YZF-R6), -39.557
12. Michael Beck (Yam YZF-R6), -51.088
13. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600), -51.929, ran off track
14. Barrett Long (Duc 848EVO), -56.182
15. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), -67.744
16. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), -1 lap, 16.591
17. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), -1 lap, 16.812
18. Melissa Paris (Suz GSX-R600), -1 lap, 33.574
19. Nicollas Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), -2 laps
20. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -15 laps, DNF, mechanical
21. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), -15 laps, DNF
22. Shane Narbonne (Yam YZF-R6), -16 laps, DNF
23. Kris Turner (Tri Daytona 675R), -19 laps, DNF
24. Benny Solis (Yam YZF-R6), -20 laps, DNF
Championship Point Standings (after 16 of 19 races):
1. Cardenas, 397 points
2. Westby, 314
3. Beaubier, 296
4. Tommy Hayden, 250
5. TIE, DiSalvo/Fong, 222
7. Zemke, 213
8. Beach, 203
9. West, 181
10. Pascarella, 178
11. Gagne, 146
12. Beck, 118
13. Nash, 116
14. Solis, 101
15. Amantini, 97
16. Prince, 87
17. Dehaven, 80
18. Aquino, 70
19. Gaviria, 69
20. Narbonne, 43
More, from a press release issued by Geiger Media on behalf of GEICO:
Runner-up finish draws Cardenas within a breath of 2012 championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 22) -- GEICO Suzuki pro Martin Cardenas put a virtual stranglehold on the 2012 GoPro Daytona SportBike championship Saturday with a strong second-place finish in the first of two GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing races this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The 29-year-old Cardenas, who won the Daytona SportBike class in 2010, finishes the day 83 points ahead of Dane Westby, the only rider left with a mathematical chance of winning it all. Saturday's winner, Cameron Beaubier, was officially eliminated from championship contention.
"I had a great start, got the holeshot, and led the first two laps," Cardenas said. "Cameron got around me and just pulled a gap. He was very good, especially early in the race. I tried to keep on his pace but I just couldn't.
"I began focusing on the guys behind me. Bobby and Dane were both on my rear wheel at various times. My pit board seemed to say 0.0 (gap) every time I went by so I knew I needed to ride perfect laps. I think maybe once or twice I made small mistakes but it didn't hurt me.
"Towards the end I put my head down and increased the pace a little. I picked up a small gap, maybe one second or so on Bobby, and just concentrated on finishing strong in this race."
The main goal of the day was to finish ahead of Westby, Cardenas' teammate at Team Hammer. Westby started the day 76 behind Cardenas and lost seven more points with his fourth-place result. The maximum number of points that a single rider could earn this year is 94.
"We wanted to increase the points lead today, if possible, to get us closer to the championship," Cardenas said. "We didn't expect to clinch it this race because of the points difference but maybe tomorrow. The main thing is that we improve a little on today's performance and try to give Cameron a challenge."
Cardenas has a class-leading seven victories and 12 podium finishes this season.
The second race of the Triumph Big Kahuna Miami is scheduled for 2:15 p.m., Sunday. SPEED TV will air all of Saturday and Sunday's action.
More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:
It's Home, Sweet, Homestead For Cameron Beaubier As He Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race In Miami
Homestead, FL September 22, 2012 Starting from the pole, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha star Cameron Beaubier won Saturday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he stretched out a comfortable lead by the time he took the checkered flag after 23 circulations of the technical 2.21-mile infield road course.
The victory was the sixth out of the past eight races for Cameron, who has been on the podium in 11 out of the 14 races he's started this season.
After his decisive win, Cameron said, "At the beginning of the race, I felt really comfortable, so I put my head down and concentrated on pulling a gap. I went with the soft tire, and that helped in the beginning, but I really had to conserve towards the end. It all worked out, though, and I'm happy to get the win for my team, and for Yamaha."
In Saturday's AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race One, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff finished 8th aboard his #96 YZF-R6, which was two spots closer to the front than his Friday provisional qualifying position in 10th. It was a tough race for Garrett, in his first time ever at the tight and twisty Homestead track, and he suffered from a lack of dry track time due to the morning's qualifying session being wet.
SuperSport Race Two will go green on Sunday at 1:15 PM, and Daytona SportBike Race Two will start at 2:15 PM. All times are Eastern.
For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha's Facebook page.