Martin Cardenas in Rare Form Heading into Road America
NEWS April 22, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – The 2013 National Guard SuperBike lineup is arguably the deepest it’s been in recent history. Superstars like Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin and Larry Pegram make up a star-studded Yamaha charge that will certainly be nothing to take lightly in 2013. Two-time GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick showed flashes of greatness in his first National Guard SuperBike season in 2012 and looked just as sharp at Daytona International Speedway last month when GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing kicked off the 2013 season.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas, a Colombian product who also has two GoPro Daytona SportBike championships under his belt, is considered a favorite by many to knock off reigning three-time, defending National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes this season and capture his first title at the elite level.
Martin’s efforts at Daytona in March didn’t indicate that he was affected by any of the added pressure put on him. The Colombian found himself in a head-to-head duel with Herrin going into the final laps in Friday’s race. Even though Herrin barely edged him out for the Race 1 victory, Cardenas made up for it by dominating Race 2 and winning by over a full 10 seconds.
“It felt amazing to win again in National Guard SuperBike,” said Cardenas, who previously raced in the premier class back in 2011, finishing fourth overall in the points. “I was able to take advantage of a mistake by (Josh) Herrin which enabled me to open up that huge gap and eventually claim victory in Race 2. I’m aware of the intense competition this year. My team and I plan on just worrying about what we can control and taking it one race at a time. I plan on giving it everything I possibly can in order to produce great results this season.”
Between Herrin’s mistake during Race 2 which took 10 seconds off his lead, and Hayes’s bike malfunctions in both races at Daytona leading to his eventual DNF results, Cardenas is well aware that he got away with one at the season opener last month. The Colombian realizes that two of his toughest opponents won’t make those same mistakes on a consistent basis and that he’s going to have to beat them at their best if he plans on winning his first National Guard SuperBike Championship this season.
Next round’s action takes place at Road America for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader. Look for Cardenas to bring his best efforts and unique riding ability to Elkhart Lake, Wis. on May 31-June 2. For tickets, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com.
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