GEICO Suzuki Rider Cardenas Closes On 2nd Daytona SportBike Title
Published: September 20, 2012
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 20) -- Even though GEICO Suzuki rider Martin
Cardenas can clinch the 2012 GoPro Daytona SportBike championship at
this weekend's Triumph Big Kahuna Miami, it's business as usual in the
Team Hammer pit as the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing tour arrives
in South Florida.
With a class-leading seven victories and 11
podium finishes on his resume, Cardenas has a huge 76-point margin in
the standings, but the 2010 class champion isn't celebrating anything
just yet. With four individual races left on the schedule, including two
this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 29-year-old Colombian
knows anything can happen.
"I have to focus on the normal routine
and just racing as we have been all year," Cardenas said. "We want to
qualify well and get a front row position on the grid, if possible, and
then we need to go out and race like it's a normal race.
what is at stake will not change anything. Perhaps I will be more
cautious at times but if a chance to make a move opens up, then I will
try to win each race. The best thing would be to get out front and lead
the whole way. Then it doesn't matter what happens behind me."
three other riders are mathematically alive in the title chase at this
point. Dane Westby has the best chance, 76 points back. Cameron Beaubier
(-108 points) and Tommy Hayden (-122) also have a chance. The maximum
points a rider can earn in the final four races is 126.
course, we all know the championship is within reach," Cardenas said.
"The excitement is there for many of our friends and family members. I
am staying the same for now. My excitement will come at the appropriate
Racing starts with a practice session at noon, Friday,
followed by the first qualifying session at 3 p.m. Qualifying resumes
with a second and final session at 8:50 a.m., Saturday, which will set
the field for both races. Race 1 takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, with
Race 2 slated for 2:15 p.m., Sunday. SPEED TV will carry all the action.
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