Sep 8, 2012
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American Red Cross Devil's Showdown/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
GoPro Daytona SportBike
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, New Jersey
September 8, 2012
Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 23 laps
2. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), -0.023 second
3. Dane Westby (Suz GSX-R600), -0.466
4. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), -1.993 seconds
5. Tommy Hayden (Yam YZF-R6), -2.013
6. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), -9.694
7. Tommy Aquino (Yam YZF-R6), -14.664
8. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), -23.020
9. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -23.091
10. Aaron Gobert (Yam YZF-R6), -27.700
11. Michael Beck (Yam YZF-R6), -29.199
12. David Gaviria (Yam YZF-R6), -32.446
13. Shane Narbonne (Yam YZF-R6), -34.399
14. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), -43.666
15. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), -43.941
16. Joey Pascarella (Suz GSX-R600), -47.514
17. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), -62.510
18. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), -77.802
19. Jeff Wrobel (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 31.515 seconds
20. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 35.215
21. Anthony Fania (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 37.701
22. Melissa Paris (Suz GSX-R600), -1 lap, 43.675
23. Michael Morgan (Suz GSX-R600), -5 laps, pitted
24. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), -17 laps, DNF, crash
25. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), -20 laps, DNF, crash
26. Josh Galster (Yam YZF-R6), -20 laps, DNF, crash
27. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600), -21 laps, DNF, crash
28. Benny Solis (Yam YZF-R6), -23 laps, DNS
29. Reese Wacker (Suz GSX-R600), -23 laps, DNS
Championship Point Standings (after 14 of 19 races):
1. Cardenas, 341 points
2. Westby, 271
3. Beaubier, 264
4. Tommy Hayden, 250
5. DiSalvo, 209
6. Beach, 190
7. Zemke, 184
8. Fong, 180
9. Pascarella, 159
10. West, 158
11. Gagne, 114
12. Nash, 110
13. Solis, 101
14. Beck, 98
15. Amantini, 93
16. Prince, 78
17. Austin DeHaven, 68
18. Gaviria, 47
19. Aquino, 38
20. Narbonne, 33
More, from a press release issued by GEICO Suzuki:
Runner-up result in New Jersey pads GEICO rider Cardenas' points lead
MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 8) -- Martin Cardenas came up a few inches short of tallying his seventh AMA GoPro Daytona SportBike victory of the season Saturday, but his runner-up finish to Cameron Beaubier in Saturday's first race of the American Red Cross Devil's Showdown still added six points to his championship points lead with five races remaining on the season.
Cardenas now has 10 podium finishes in 14 starts this year and unofficially leads second-place Dane Westby by 70 points heading into Sunday's second race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The 29-year-old Colombian gained four points with Saturday's finish and collected two more bonus points for being low qualifier and leading the most laps (11 of 23). Westby came in third after starting in 13th place.
"It was a very good race for me," Cardenas said. "I made two very good starts (the second after a red flag) and got out front each time and tried to fall into a nice rhythm. But these other guys made it very challenging. They were with me the whole time and there was lots of passing. Nothing out of line; just very clean, hard racing between one another.
"It was a great battle and at the end I tried to make a move to get around Cameron but I was just a little bit short. The GEICO Suzuki team did a great job, as usual, and we will try again tomorrow a little bit harder and see what happens."
Beaubier passed Cardenas going into Turn 1 of the final lap and managed to hold off the GEICO Suzuki at every turn. In the final straightaway Cardenas used the draft to try and slingshot around Beaubier at the finish line but came up .023 seconds short.
The intense, back-and-forth racing among the front group of riders proved Cardenas isn't taking it easy en route to what could be his second Daytona SportBike title, even though his sizable points lead adds up to more than two full races of action.
"I try not to think about that because it's very distracting and I think it can cause you to make a mistake very easily," Cardenas said. "I just ride my race and try to do the best I can. Of course, I try not to take big, big risks, but I still take risks and try to win every race. We are all here to win. Today I just didn't have quite enough."
The Daytona SportBike class will hold a warm-up session at 9:30 a.m. followed by the second main event, beginning at 2:15 p.m. SPEED TV will air Saturday's race at 9 p.m. and Sunday's race starting at 11 p.m.
More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:
Devil On A Blue Bike, As Cameron Beaubier Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ September 8, 2012 The American Red Cross Devil's Showdown saw a devil on a blue bike blitz the field in AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike, as Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha phenom Cameron Beaubier worked himself to the front, and then into the lead, on the final lap, winning DSB Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
The victory was the fifth out of the past six races for Cameron, who has been on the podium in 10 out of the 12 races he's started this season.
After his victory, Cameron said, "After the restart, I got shuffled back a little bit, but I just kept working and got myself back up in the front group where I could try to get to the front. I usually like to make my move sooner than the last lap, but these guys race hard, and I had to wait till the end. It all worked out, and I couldn't be happier."
Cameron's teammate and rider of the #22 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, Tommy Hayden, finished fifth in today's DSB Race One, with Race Two set to go green on Sunday at 2:15 PM EST.
For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha's Facebook page.
More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:
IMPROVEMENT FOR NASH IN NEW JERSEY
Millville, NJ (September 8, 2012) Huntley Nash was able to charge inside the top ten in the first AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race at New Jersey, although the young racer ultimately finished 14th in the contest, one position ahead of where he qualified.
The Georgian was able to get a great start and run inside the top ten after a red flag. While he wasn't able to maintain the pace, he gained valuable knowledge as he continues to improve during the AMA Pro race weekend.
The former SuperSport race winner was able to make up one spot on the final lap as he set his second-best lap of the race on worn tires on the final time around the 14-turn track.
"I had a really good start and was up in sixth or seventh or something after the red flag. I knew I wasn't going to be able to hold it, but I went for it," said Huntley. "After that, I settled in to where I was going to be and then made up one position at the end. We got to run a lot of laps and I found the weak spot with the bike and we're changing out the shock right now for tomorrow. I ran into problems in two key areas and that's where I was losing the majority of my time. The bike was a little unbalanced and we're balancing it. I think we can find a little more pace for tomorrow."
Nash will contest the 23-lap finale at 2 PM local time tomorrow.
More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer:
FORWARD PROGRESS FOR WESTBY IN NEW JERSEY
M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby made a stunning return to form on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park with a spirited charge to the podium.
Seeking redemption following a frustrating Friday in which he crashed and was penalized during qualifying and only given a single flying lap to claim his grid position, Westby had his work cut out for him in Saturday's Daytona SportBike race.
Unable to improve upon his fourth row grid position in a morning qualifying session that was spoiled by damp conditions, 'the Wolverine' systematically carved his way forward in the race.
Westby quickly made up a handful of positions and then was reslotted in eighth position for the race's restart following an early red flag. From there, the Oklahoman put himself in victory contention, slicing through a multi-rider pack to claim the lead.
Working away from the big group as part of a three-man dogfight for victory, Westby ultimately finished third, just 0.465 seconds off the victory, aboard his GSX-R600.
The result was Westby's seventh podium of the season and he continues to rank second in the championship chase. He said, "I had a problem yesterday and got a penalty. I had to start from 13th but we've won from 12th so we weren't too worried about it. After the restart we were right up there with the guys, trying to carve through. Everything was going good. I saw at the end we had a little gap -- it was just the three of us so we could focus on our battle.
"The M4 Suzuki was working really well for me. We were right there at the end and it was a really fun race."
Suzuki SportBikeTrackTime.com's Elena Myers put forth a determined effort on Saturday as well. Quickly away in third, Myers was a primary player in the scrap for the podium until an off track excursion pushed her down the order.
She came home in eighth after earlier showing the potential to finish as high as second in the hard-fought race.
M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich capped a fine day for Team Hammer with an encouraging ride in which he missed a top-ten result in the premier AMA Superbike class by just over a tenth of a second.
Westby, Myers, and Ulrich will be back at it on Sunday in an attempt to improve on an already outstanding Saturday effort.
More, from a press release issued by Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki:
A BRIGHT SPOT FOR THE RIDERS DISCOUNT VESRAH SUZUKI TEAM IN RACE 1 ACTION DURING THE AMA PRO ROAD RACING WEEKEND AT NJMP.
Taylor Knapp onboard his Riders Discount K&L Supply Suzuki GSX-R 1000 provided a bright spot with his top 4 finish in the National Guard Superbike Race 1 during the American Red Cross Devils Showdown presented by Team ProMotion at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville NJ. Tim Bemisderfer finished in 13th place on his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R. In the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class Cory West was taken out in an early race incident while Joey Pascarella soldiered through to a 16th place finish. Jake Lewis is still coming to terms with the track on his Suzuki GSX-R 600 finishing in 15th place and falling out of the tie for the lead in the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport East championship.
Breeann Poland Team Manager Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki
"There were a lot of disappointing results today but Taylor really shone through running as high as 2nd and finishing just off the podium in the SuperBike class. Cory is banged up and will try to ride in Race 2 and Joey and Jake will be trying to move forward from their results today."
Taylor Knapp Riders Discount K&L Supply #44
"I'm having an incredible weekend so far at New Jersey Motorsports Park. I didn't really do a very good job in qualifying 1 so our plan today was to get out by our self and get clear track so I could do my own thing. That worked out pretty good and starting on the second row was a really important key in my result today. In the race I got at good start I think I even passed some guys on the first row. I got into 3rd and the pace wasn't very fast I was pretty calm and decided to try and conserve my tire. I was pretty strong on the brakes into turn 1 and that is where I planned on making my pass but I just didn't have the hp to get next to him on the straight away. In the last four laps I just lost a little grip and not having any proper electronics or any traction control may have hurt me a little in the last few laps. All and all it was my best superbike finish ever for me. I'm pretty happy my bike( the old girl) did well for me today I really need to thank K&L Supply and Riders Discount for making these last few rounds a possibility. Hopefully I can do one place better for them tomorrow."
Cory West Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #57
"I was really pumped after getting a second row start for the race. My start was good and I was up to 6th and on the tail of the leading pack. Going into turn one on the second lap I got cleaned out by an over zealous rider in the braking zone and I hit the ground at almost 150mph. I'm happy to walk away without serious injury and I will do my best to bring home a respectable finish tomorrow."
Joey Pascarella Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #52
"Yesterday was a rough day for me. But for Sunday we have made some changes to the bike all around so hopefully it will work better."
Jake Lewis Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #85
"Today's race definitely didn't go to plan as we've been struggling all weekend. I'm not comfortable on the bike and we can't seem to find a good set-up that works. It was my worst finish of the season so I'm looking to get up there in the fight tomorrow after we make some big changes to the bike."
Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki would like to thank their sponsors for the 2012 season: Vesrah, Riders Discount, MCJ Motorsports, American Suzuki, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Parts Unlimited, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Shoei, Cortech, Sidi, Held, Motion Pro, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Spiegler Brake Lines, Adjustable-levers, Vicci, Vortex, DID Chain, Zero Gravity, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, Suzuka Tire Warmers, K&N Filters, Full Spectrum Batteries, Oakley (Jake), Roclun (Jake), Progressive Trail Design (Cory), Jon Block Group (Joey), 509 sunglasses (Cory and team), Andrew Swenson Designs and Drippinwet.