Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki's Martin Cardenas Wraps Up 3rd @ Laguna

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by @BarbiegirlNI

Monterey, California (September 29, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas finished up the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season in an impressive third overall after the season-ending round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, this past weekend. This was the second AMA Pro Superbike round held at Laguna Seca this year and the riders shared the paddock with the visiting World Superbike Series. As a result, AMA Pro riders had limited track time and participated in only one Superbike race instead of the usual two.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas
The 23-lap race on Sunday saw Cardenas get a great start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Running in second place and battling for the lead, Cardenas was pushing hard and went down on the second lap. Despite his premature end to the day, Cardenas still celebrated a solid 2013 season. En route to finishing third overall in AMA Pro Superbike, Cardenas won two races and finished on the podium an additional nine times.

“It’s been a great season overall,” said Cardenas. “I was able to put the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the podium at almost every race this year. This weekend was good but in the race I pushed a little too hard to get at the front, but these things happen. But it’s been a pretty good year. I would like to have been a little bit better, but I know I did all I could do. I want to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for all their hard work and overall I’m happy with the season, for myself and for the team.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also started out strong at Laguna Seca, running in the top five on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Unfortunately, Clark also suffered a get-off while battling for position in Sunday’s race. The Suzuki rider wound up finishing the 2013 season in 13th place and with three top-10 finishes for the year.

“It was a rough season,” said Clark. “We started out really strong at Daytona and then about mid-season, I had some personal issues with my health. It seemed like I was finally starting to get my rhythm back and the season is over. I have to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for all their support and dedication through the season.”

Check out the Laguna Seca SBK “Behind The Scenes Race Report”




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