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Road America: Suzuki event summary

Suzuki GSX-Rs Race to the Top at Road America Brea, Calif. - June 9, 2010 - The Suzuki GSX-R lineup of motorcycles has long been a favorite of riders everywhere, and this weekend the bikes were popular on the Road America podium at Round 5...

Suzuki GSX-Rs Race to the Top at Road America

Brea, Calif. - June 9, 2010 - The Suzuki GSX-R lineup of motorcycles has long been a favorite of riders everywhere, and this weekend the bikes were popular on the Road America podium at Round 5 of the AMA SuperBike and Daytona SportBike series.

Martin Cardenas sits in the top three in points in the hotly contested Daytona SportBike class. With every race a battle to the finish, Cardenas and his GSX-R600 are always contenders to finish up front. During Saturday's race, Cardenas had a strong start at the front of the pack and traded the lead with another racer for nine laps before being overtaken. Cardenas fought to the finish in third place. On Sunday, Cardenas was once again ready to fight for the lead. He took over the front spot on lap four and then again traded on and off with another racer. Cardenas and his GSX-R600 were determined to make the end of the race different than the day before. In a photo finish, Cardenas won by a 0.267-second margin. The win is Cardenas' fifth of the season.

Danny Eslick of the RMR Geico Powersports Suzuki team fought his way to two top-10 finishes this weekend. He is currently second in points in the Daytona SportBike class.

On Saturday, Cory West of the Vesrah Suzuki team was unable to finish the race after a mechanical issue took him off track. On Sunday, West just missed the chance to appear in victory lane with a strong fourth-place finish. His teammate Chris Fillmore also had a rough day on Saturday, but redeemed the weekend with a top-10 finish on Sunday. West is currently sixth in the class, and Fillmore comes in at ninth.

In the AMA Pro American SuperBike class, Jake Zemke came in a close fifth in Saturday's race. Zemke, of the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team, knew his GSX-R1000 could run with the leaders, so on Sunday he set out to prove it. After dicing with other racers early on, Zemke found himself in third place and pulling away from the pack. His smart racing and consistency led Zemke to a third-place finish and the third spot overall in points.

Tommy Hayden took his GSX-R1000 to the win on Sunday after barely missing the top spot on Saturday in a photo finish. He's currently leading the SuperBike class. His Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Blake Young finished third on Saturday and seventh on Sunday, putting him in fourth for points. Three other GSX-R1000 riders are in the top-10 in overall points: Chris Ulrich on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki takes the seventh spot, Taylor Knapp on the RidersDiscount.com Suzuki in eighth, and Brett McCormick rounds it out with his Suzuki/Blackfoot/Picotte Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000. That means the GSX-R1000 hold six of the 10 spots at the top of the points standings.

Round 6 of the series takes place July 16-18 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. The GSX-Rs are ready to keep the podium momentum rolling there!

-source: suzuki

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Series AMA
Drivers Tommy Hayden , Jake Zemke , Blake Young , Chris Fillmore , Chris Ulrich , Cory West , Taylor Knapp , Martin Cardenas , Danny Eslick