Martin Cardenas Pulls Superbike Upset
TOOELE, Utah — Martin Cardenas, Cameron Beaubier, Joe Roberts and Steve Rapp were the big winners on Sunday as GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing wrapped up two days of action-packed competition at Miller Motorsports Park.
The AMA Pro Road Racing event, round six of the nine-round 2013 championship, featured four different classes of motorcycles in a double-header format. The AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport classes raced on both Saturday and Sunday, while the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series raced only on Sunday.
Cardenas scored an upset win in the headlining National Guard SuperBike class, the Colombian scoring his second-ever win in the series.
Early race leader Josh Hayes, the three-time and defending SuperBike champ, crashed his No. 1 Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 early in the 16-lap race, leaving Roger Hayden (No. 54 National Guard/Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Cardenas (No. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) to fight for the lead.
A titanic battle ensued, with multiple lead changes, but Hayden starting experiencing mechanical trouble in the closing laps. Despite his best efforts, Hayden’s bike slowed to a crawl in the final corners of the last lap and he coasted to the checkered flag 4.587 seconds behind Cardenas.
Josh Herrin (No. 1 Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R1), who won Saturday’s race, struggled with tire issues to take third place. Danny Eslick (No. 23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Geoff May (No. 99 Team Hero EBR 1190RS) completed the top five. Local wild-card entrant Oleg Pianykh (Wicked Audio Suzuki GSX-R1000) of Salt Lake City finished 13th and Hayes finished a lap down in 18th.
In the GoPro Daytona SportBike race, championship leader Cameron Beaubier, riding the No. 6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy Yamaha YZF-R6, made it a clean sweep of the weekend with his second win in as many days. It was his ninth victory of the season, tying the series record set by Cardenas last year.
As was the case on Saturday, Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach (No. 95 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) completed the podium. Jake Lewis (No. 85 Meen Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6) and Jake Gagne (No. 32 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) rounded out the top five.
In the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class, 16-year-old rookie Joe Roberts continued his stunning run of success with a fifth victory in as many races aboard the No. 2 RoadRacingWorld.com/California Superbike School Honda CBR600RR.
As was the case on Saturday, Roberts led every lap, edging Tomas Puerta (No. 12 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) by 0.198 second at the finish line. Wyatt Farris (No. 9 Meen Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6) finished third. Filling out the top five were Erick Sanchez (No. 64 EYK/M&M Yamaha YZF-R6) and Miles Thornton (No. 72 CTR Racing Yamaha YZF-R6).
After resetting the track record that he posted in Saturday’s provisional qualifying for the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series in this morning’s final qualifying session, championship leader Steve Rapp went on to win his fourth consecutive race on his No. 5 Aerostar Global Harley-Davidson XR1200, leading every lap and taking the checkered flag 0.857 second ahead of Tyler O’Hara (No. 29 Harley-Davidson XR1200).
Defending series champ Michael Barnes (No. 1 Spyke’s Harley-Davidson XR1200) was 10 seconds further back in third, battling injuries suffered in a practice crash earlier in the weekend.