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Aug 3, 2008

Updated: Three Different Brands On The AMA Supersport Podium At Mid-Ohio

Pro Honda Oils AMA Supersport Championship Presented by Shoei Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 3, 2008 Provisional Race Results:

1. Ben Bostrom (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 16 laps 2. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, -2.715 seconds 3. Josh Hayes (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, -2.862 4. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, -8.421 5. Jake Zemke (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, -8.699 6. Steve Rapp (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, -8.883 7. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, -18.723 8. Bobby Fong (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, -19.087 9. Chaz Davies (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, -21.481 10. Tommy Aquino, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -22.637 11. Michael Beck (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -22.872 12. Dane Westby (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -24.296 13. Aaron Gobert (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, -31.002 14. Shea Fouchek (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, -33.573 15. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, -46.506 16. Chris Siebenhaar (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, -49.515 17. Taylor Knapp (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, -54.893 18. Jonathan Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -56.802 19. Josh Galster (Kaw ZX-6R), -58.779 20. David Grey (Yam YZF-R6), -85.456 21. Eric Pinson (Yam YZF-R6) 22. Eddie Kraft (Yam YZF-R6) 23. Misti Hurst (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, -1 lap 24. Jessica Zalusky (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap 25. Mike Morgan (Suz GSX-R600), -1 lap 26. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -4 laps, DNF, crash 27. Roger Hayden (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, -10 laps, DNF, pitted 28. Danny Eslick (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, -11 laps, DNF, crash 29. Nicky Moore (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, -14 laps, DNF, mechanical 30. Josh Day (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, -16 laps, DNF 31. Marcos Reichert (Hon CBR600RR), -16 laps, DNF, crash

Provisional Championship Point Standings:

1. Bostrom, 267 points 2. Zemke, 245 3. Hayes, 207 4. Young, 203 5. Herrin, 180 6. Davies, 177 7. Gobert, 164 8. West, 163 9. Eslick, 151 10. Beck, 145

More, from a press release issued by Pirelli:

Another Podium for Pirelli's Cool Cardenas and One for Young

Martin Cardenas sliced his way to second place in Sunday's Supersport race at the AMA Superbike event at Mid-Ohio. Cardenas, the cool Colombian - like in from Colombia, not to be confused with a cool Columbian, which is someone totally from middle Ohio - put his M4 EMGO Suzuki GSX-R600 on the Supersport podium, this time taking second, a step up from his third-place finish in Saturday's Formula Xtreme.

The race began with Cardenas again showing his unmatched starting ability, shooting to the front from his second-row grid position, invalidating the value of pole position and leading the race by the exit of turn one. Cardenas led a total of five laps on his number-36 Suzuki, shod with a set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa DOT racing tires. Cardenas was never lower than third in the race and afterwards said, "I knew I could get back into second but I had to wait until the last lap to pass him at the end of the back straight. That way I was certain I'd be able to hold him off all the way to the finish line." Which he did. The Supersport race winner was Ben Bostrom.

The Pirelli 2007 Daytona 200 winner, Stave Rapp, brought his Attack Kawasaki home in sixth, while Cardenas' teammate Cory West took seventh, and Bobby Fong in eighth showed that his breakout performance of fourth place in the Laguna Seca Supersport race was definitely a sign of things to come for him and his Safety First Suzuki team. Chaz Davies, 2008 Daytona 200 winner, rounded out the Pirelli riders in the top nine in Supersport.

It was all M4 EMGO Suzuki's day in the winner's circle, with the young Blake Young taking another podium in Superstock, this time a second place after battling for the lead like his teammate Cardenas in Supersport, and this time it was his fourth podium for the season in Superstock, putting Young in fourth in the season's points. Young was never lower than second in the race and led the third from last lap, showing that he was close in the chase from the race's beginning to end. Race winner was Aaron Yates.

Scott Jensen put in another awesome ride for his team, taking sixth. Robertino Pietri was ninth on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. David Anthony made it a total of five Pirelli riders in the top ten in Superstock, with his tenth-place finish. The Pirelli Superbike Slicks that took Young to this second-place finish and the other's to there top-ten finishes were developed in an SC compound for North American racing series, to specifications outlined by Pirelli's North American Racing Manager using lessons learned in last season's closing races where Pirelli set the fastest laps at the two final events.

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More, from a press release issued by American Suzuki:

Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Cardenas Celebrates AMA Supersport Podium at Mid-Ohio Round 8 AMA Supersport Series Lexington, Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 1 - 3, 2008

Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Martin Cardenas picked up his best result of the AMA Supersport season by bringing home second place in Sunday afternoon's 16-lap race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Colombian rider started the weekend right by capturing a podium in Saturday afternoon's AMA Formula Xtreme race and then finished strong with another podium in Sunday's Supersport event. Currently, Cardenas is in 12th place in the overall Supersport championship standings.

Martin Cardenas: "I got a good start again today, like I did yesterday in the Formula Xtreme race. I was out front leading the race and I was battling with my teammate Blake Young for awhile. Then Ben (Bostrom) got past me and I was in second. I tried to stay with him and keep a gap on third place behind me. But I got passed and then I tried to wait for a good place to pass back and that worked for me. I was able to finish in second place. It was a great race, the M4 EMGO Suzuki GSX-R600 is feeling very good, and the team has been working very hard. I want to thank everyone who's been working with me."

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