YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACING’S MARTIN
CARDENAS PODIUMS AT SONOMA SUPERBIKE SHOOTOUT
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden cards top-five
& teammate Chris Clark finishes eighth
SONOMA, CA (May
6, 2014) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas followed up
his 2014 Superbike Shootout win last weekend with a solid third-place result at
Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on Sunday afternoon. Yoshimura Suzuki teammates
Roger Hayden and Chris Clark also turned in impressive performances with Hayden
bringing home fifth and Clark following him in eighth.
This past weekend’s race was the second
of three events that make up the 2014 Superbike Shootout, a Western-states
series pairing the Pros with Semi-pro and Amateur events. In Sunday’s race,
Cardenas got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Although he
admitted to struggling during qualifying, he turned in an impressive
performance in the race, slotting into third place early on. The Colombian
rider then stayed put for the remainder of the 20-lap race and brought home a
“We had a tough time on the first day,” said Cardenas. “But
we made some changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the practice and
warm-up on Sunday, and then we made another step in that direction for the
race. It was a good race but I made a few mistakes and let the leaders get
away. I did the best I could to reel them in again. But overall, I’m happy to
get on the podium, that’s always good.”
Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Hayden got a top-10 start but then
had a minor off-track excursion trying to avoid another rider. Undaunted, the
Kentucky native got back on track and was able to maneuver his Yoshimura Suzuki
GSX-R1000 through the field and into the top five. By the race’s end, Hayden
had picked up fifth place.
“I really didn’t get the best of starts,” said Hayden. “Then
I got shuffled back a bit. And on the second lap, I came up on somebody quicker
than I thought I would and I had to go off track to avoid hitting him and I
fell back to 16th. From there, I kept a steady pace and just worked my way up.
It wasn’t a good weekend for me, I’ve been under the weather and that affected
me on the bike. Now we’ll go back and get ready for the next race.”
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Clark got off the
line right with teammate Hayden and worked his way into fifth by making the
most of his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. He focused on turning smooth, fast laps
and eventually finished eighth.
“I got off to a pretty good start and took advantage of a
few things and got in the top five,” said Clark. “We had a good set-up for the
Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 but I had a little bit of trouble toward the end of
the race. But overall it was a pretty positive weekend. The Yoshimura Suzuki
team and I are working well together and communication was great. I’m just
focusing on the positives and getting ready for the next race.”
Sonoma Raceway Superbike Shootout Results:
10. Chris Ulrich
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Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors:
Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki, Motorex, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Shorai, Renthal,
RK Racing Chain, NGK Spark Plugs, Pilot, K&N Performance Filters, Zero
Gravity and Chicken Hawk Racing.
More, from a press release issued by Tuned Racing:
Bryce Prince had an outstanding weekend at the GEICO
Motorcycle Superbike Shootout round at Sonoma Raceway. “On Saturday I ended
up having a few issues in qualifying and ended up sixth,” explained Bryce.
"I knew I had a could do better here and decided to use the AFM races to get a
Meanwhile, Bryce’s Tuned Racing teammate, Jason
Aguilar, who was riding Sonoma
for the first time on Saturday,
managed an 8th place qualifying position. In the AFM races, Bryce
was leading the 600 Superbike and 600 Production classes going into the
weekend. He entered these races prior to the Pro Sportbike race to work on
getting a better race pace for the Pro Sportbike race. In the 600 Superbike
race, Bryce made a pass on the second lap and then pulled away for a 5 second
victory. Jason Aguilar was able to hold onto 3rd place until the last couple of
laps, and ended up with a respectable 4th place.
On Sunday, the 600 Production race, Bryce quickly grabbed
the lead and took off, while Jason fell back in 3rd. On lap 3, Jason ran his
fastest lap, a 1:41.014 to catch and pass the 2nd Place rider. It did not last as his
opponent answered back with a pass to maintain 2nd Place. Jason made another pass coming
out of the Carousel, but ran too hot into the chicane, giving up 2nd Place. Jason
closed the gap and made several more pass attempts, including a dramatic,
around- the-outside pass in the final corner, but could not make it stick.
blast! I was doing times that
would've had me battling for the lead in 2012 AMA Supersport
races,” stated Jason afterwards.
The Pro Superbike race
was stacked with talent. From his 2nd row position Bryce got a great launch and
moved into 5th place. Bryce was in a 4 rider battle for 3rd place when a crash
took out the 3 riders right in front of him. Bryce was the only rider in his
group to avoid the crash and took over 3rd Place. However, the incident forced
Bryce to check up and he lost contact with the two riders battling for the lead.
Bryce then had a lonely ride to the finish and his first Pro podium. Meanwhile,
Jason recovered from a 9th place first lap and worked his way by a couple of
riders before taking over 5th place. Jason had opened up a large gap between
6th place and just needed to cruise to an easy 5th place finish. But, on the
19th lap of the 20 lap race, Jason hit the seam in the Carousel and was
highsided off the bike.
“I jumped up and ran to my bike, thinking
‘No! This didn’t really happen!’ I jumped back on the bike,
but the clutch lever was broken so I couldn’t get going again,”
thank all of my crew and sponsors enough for their help,” stated Bryce on
“This was a great way to welcome new sponsor, Solarmax Technology,
to the team,” added Team Owner, Mike Pond. “This was Bryce’s
first professional podium, but I think now that he has the first one, there
will be many more. And Jason showed that he has the pace to run with the
fastest Supersport riders at a track that he had never ridden before. I am
really excited about the rest of this season.”
thanks all its sponsors for their support:
Tuned Industries, Graves Motorsports, Dunlop
Motorcycle Road Racing Tires USA , SolarMax
Brakes, Worxxx Performance and Machine, Drive
Systems USA, Torco Advanced
Lubricants, Motoyard.com, Let’s Ride Trackdays, Zero Gravity Racing Corporation, Dynojet, VNM Sportgear, EFSigns.com,
SBKPaint.com, Optimal Racing
Bodywork, SpeedAngle, Shorai Batteries, ACT Leathers , NEXX-USA, and Onyx Oil Service.
Aguilar also thanks his personal sponsors: RS Taichi, Moto Liberty, AXO, Vortex
Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Spider Grips, HT Moto, GPR Stabilizers, and
Chicken Hawk Racing.