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May 26, 2012

Cardenas On Provisional AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Pole Position At Windy Miller Motorsports Park

Martin Cardenas (36). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
BigM Weekend/AMA Pro Road Racing
GoPro Daytona SportBike
Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, Utah
May 26, 2012
Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), 1:56.522
2. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:56.536
3. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 1:56.930
4. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), 1:57.188
5. Tommy Hayden (Yam YZF-R6), 1:57.292
6. Benny Solis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:57.694
7. J.D. Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:57.808
8. Dane Westby (Suz GSX-R600), 1:57.881
9. Tommy Aquino (Yam YZF-R6), 1:58.841, crash
10. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), 1:59.033
11. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:59.333
12. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), 1:59.373
13. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600), 1:59.457
14. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), 1:59.525
15. Joey Pascarella (Suz GSX-R600), 1:59.999
16. Michael Beck (Yam YZF-R6), 2:00.268
17. Derek Wagnon (Duc 848EVO), 2:00.568
18. Austin DeHaven (Yam YZF-R6), 2:01.661
19. Melissa Paris (Yam YZF-R6), 2:02.041
20. Josh Galster (Yam YZF-R6), 2:02.352
21. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), 2:02.602
22. David Gaviria (Yam YZF-R6), 2:02.746
23. Matthew Presting (Yam YZF-R6), 2:03.458
24. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), 2:03.476
25. Frankie Garcia (Yam YZF-R6), 2:04.053
26. Ted Rich (Yam YZF-R6), 2:04.310
27. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600), 2:05.366
28. Sam Rozynski (Yam YZF-R6), 2:06.091
29. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-6R), 2:06.765

More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:


Tooele, Utah (May 26, 2012) Huntley Nash and David Gaviria faced trying conditions as they qualified in Daytona SportBike for LTD Racing on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park. Nash took 14th and Gaviria was 22nd during the worst conditions the AMA Pro regulars have raced in during the 2012 season.

Rain and wind hindered the action at the 3.0-mile circuit west of Salt Lake City at this weekend's combined World Superbike/AMA Pro race meet. By the time Daytona SportBike qualifying began, the rain had stopped but the riders had to deal with strong winds and some damp sections of the track.

For Nash, the day was a test of getting the most out of his equipment while dealing with the weather. "The conditions weren't very good so I wasn't going to make a mistake and set us back for the race," said Huntley Nash, who has shown increased competitiveness in his second year in the DSB class. "The wind was really bad. One of my bikes was set up stiffer then the other and it handled best, but the engine was tired in that one. I tried the other bike but it had some chatter and the lap time just wasn't as quick even though it had more power. We'll make some changes and try to jump up a few positions tomorrow for the race."

For Gaviria, getting into a rhythm was difficult. "Today wasn't so good for me. In qualifying, the bike was going wide through the turns. We tried two things to help but it did not work. We need to change the shock or the suspension but it should be better. The wind was very difficult to get into the turns and when you opened the throttle, it spun more than normal because of the wind."

Huntley and David will have another session of qualifying for the race on Sunday, then compete in the 16-lap final at 4:10 PM local time.

More, from a press release issued by Geiger Media on behalf of GEICO:

GEICO's Cardenas quickest early on at Miller Motorsports Park

TOOELE, Utah (May 26) Daytona SportBike points leader Martin Cardenas continued his roll by grabbing the provisional pole Saturday on his GEICO Suzuki at Miller Motorsports Park.

Cardenas has qualified first twice and won three races thus far in the 2012 AMA GoPro Daytona SportBike series. He was second-fastest in Saturday's first practice but then surged to the top of the chart with a lap of 1 minute, 56.5 seconds in qualifying.

"The qualifying runs went well," Cardenas said. "The wind was blowing pretty strong though. I waited for a couple of minutes for the track to dry out and we put a fresh new tire on the bike. The last 10 minutes we went out, and I was able to grab a spot on the pole.

"I hope the conditions improve a little for tomorrow so we go out again for Qualifying 2."

Sunday's forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain for Qualifying 2, which is slated for 8:50 a.m. MDT. The 29-year-old Cardenas could hold on to the pole should Sunday's qualifying be run in the rain.

Saturday started with a torrential downpour for most of the morning, making the track wet and slick. High winds were also added to the equation making it difficult to control the bikes.

"It was very windy out there," Cardenas said. "Even on the straight you were feeling the strong wind push you to the side. I had to put a lot of weight on the front tire and be a little cautious. On some of the corners, the front wheel wanted to come up. Turn 2 and a couple other corners were still a little wet along with the wind which made it difficult."

Miller's 15-turn, 3.05-mile course is one of Cardenas' favorites, and he's been plenty fast during the BigM Weekend.

"I like this track a lot, the layout is great." Cardenas said. "The track has some good tight corners which I like. I got on the podium back in 2007, and 2008 I did not come here because I was injured. Last year I did well here until I crashed, but I do love this place. It is one of the best tracks in the U.S."

The 16-lap GoPro Daytona SportBike main event is slated for 4:10 p.m. MDT Sunday, and SPEED will provide coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
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