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Yoshimura Suzuki 3rd In AMA Superbikes
Posted by: newsla on Oct 01, 2013 - 04:13 PM
Yoshimura Suzuki 3rd In AMA Superbikes

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas finished the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season in third place overall after the season-ending round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California at the weekend.


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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.

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 team-mate 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 Yoshimura 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."

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