Points Leader Cardenas Crashes Out of Second West Coast Moto Jam Race
NEWS May 6, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media, on behalf of GEICO Suzuki:
SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2012) - The 33-point cushion GEICO Suzuki Martin Cardenas had built in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike standings by winning three races in a row was reduced to just 15 (unofficially) after the 29-year-old Colombian crashed out of Sunday's second race at the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam.
Cardenas had been racing hard to get through some traffic at Infineon Raceway and was in second place and closing on race leader Jason Disalvo when he lost the front end of his GSX-R600 at high speed in Turn 8. Cardenas safely slid to a stop but his motorcycle was catapulted over the fencing and was damaged beyond repair. His DNF equated to a 22nd-place finish.
"My fault, 100 percent," Cardenas said. "I just didn’t want to settle for second and I pushed it too hard. This was one of those times I should have been happy for second place but as a racer you always want more. I didn't have the best start and fell several seconds behind. I made up a lot of ground and was closing the gap on Jason but just went too far.
"I'm perfectly fine. The leathers did their job and I am uninjured. This is not the result we wanted, obviously, but we did win yesterday's race so the weekend had a share of success. We'll be alright."
After falling back to seventh early in the race, Cardenas picked off the riders in front of him one by one until moving past Tommy Hayden and Joey Pascarella and into second place at the midway point of the 22-lap main. At that point, the gap to Disalvo was slightly more than five seconds. Just before his crash in Lap 17, Cardenas had lowered the margin to three seconds.
"He started P4 and kind of got pinched off early," team official John Ulrich said. "It wasn't his best start but he quickly gathered himself and was looking very quick. He got up to second and was closing fast before he wrecked.
"The track was just hot and slick and this kid has the heart of a warrior and wanted to win so much. When he got back to the pit I asked him if he was alright and he said, 'Yes, and I already know what you are going to tell me.' I said, 'What's that?' and he said, 'That sometimes second place is okay.' He already knew what he'd done.
"The main thing is he's okay. We lost some points but he'll get those back. We banged up a bike but we have more parts and pieces. We'll be fine."
Up next is the BigM Weekend, which takes place May 26-28 at Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah, just outside Salt Lake City.
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