Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Captures SuperBike Victory at Daytona

NEWS March 16, 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Captures SuperBike Victory at Daytona

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing:

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 17, 2013) – The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team had more than its fair share to celebrate after the season-opening round of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championships this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. Yoshimura Suzuki’s newest rider Martin Cardenas raced his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a victory and a podium finish at the event, while teammate Chris Clark picked up the best result of his AMA Pro Superbike career.

For Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas, the weekend was a successful one through and through. The Colombian rider started the weekend by qualifying on the front row of the grid and getting good starts in both Superbike races. In the first 15-lap race, Cardenas pushed hard on every lap and was there to capitalize on other riders’ mistakes and finish second. In the weekend’s second race, Cardenas redoubled his successful efforts from the day before, turned in a flawlessly aggressive ride and captured the win.

“I’m very happy and I want to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for giving me the opportunity to race for them,” said Cardenas. “The weekend was good for us. In Friday’s race, I got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and got into second. I planned to make the pass for the win on the last lap but I made a mistake and that didn’t work out for me. On Saturday, I was able to get into the lead and I tried to keep a good pace and not make mistakes. We ended up winning and now I’m looking forward to Road America.”

Likewise, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Clark left the famous Daytona banking on a high note. In the weekend’s first race, Clark turned in 15 solid laps to pick up his first-ever top-five AMA Pro Superbike result. The next day, he followed up that performance with another respectable race to bring home a sixth-place finish.

“It was good to get the first race out of the way,” admitted Clark. “I was able to get the best finish of my career with fifth, so I was really happy about that. It was a little tough the first few laps because I didn’t get a good start but I was able to get around some guys on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. I made a few little mistakes in the middle of the race but overall I was happy. In the second race, I finished sixth and we wound up fifth in the points so this was the best race weekend I’ve ever had. Now I’m just excited to get to Road America.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, the weekend of May 31 – June 2, 2012.

Check out the Daytona Superbike “Behind The Scenes Race Report”

Daytona Superbike Results, Race 1:

1. Josh Herrin
2. Martin Cardenas
3. Larry Pegram
4. Danny Eslick
5. Chris Clark
6. Robertino Pietri
7. Geoff May
8. David Anthony
9. Taylor Knapp
10. Chris Fillmore

Daytona Superbike Results, Race 2:

1. Martin Cardenas
2. Josh Herrin
3. Larry Pegram
4. Roger Hayden
5. Danny Eslick
6. Chris Clark
7. Robertino Pietri
8. Chris Fillmore
9. Chris Ulrich
10. Bernat Martinez

2013 Superbike Standings:

1. Josh Herrin – 56
2. Martin Cardenas – 55
3. Larry Pegram – 42
4. Danny Eslick – 34
5. Chris Clark – 31
6. Robertino Pietri – 29
7. Chris Fillmore – 24
8. David Anthony – 20
9. Bernat Martiniz – 20
10. Geoff May – 19

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About American Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, CA, in 1963. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information visit www.suzukicycles.com.

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