M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas took his first double-header sweep by adding Sunday’s wet and shortened Daytona SportBike win to a dry victory on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.On a still wet track that had been inundated with torrential rains hours earlier, Cardenas stalked early leader Jamie Hacking (Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki) for the duration of the 16-lap race, down from 21. It wasn’t until the fifth turn of the penultimate lap that the Colombian made the pass that would take him to victory.In the last lap and a half he grew the margin of victory to 2.203 secs. by turning the fastest lap of the race on his final tour of the 2.38-mile, 14-turn road course.Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing/RMR Buell’s Danny Eslick inherited third late on the last lap. That was when Erion Honda’s Chris Peris and privateer Dane Westby (Yam) both went down in the final right-hander. Westby remounted to finish 11th.Eslick edged out Factory Aprilia/Millennium Technologies’ Chaz Davies by .027 secs., with Eslick’s teammate Michael Barnes only .155 secs. back in fifth.By finishing second and leading the most laps Hacking took over the points lead from Eslick. After the fourth round of the championship, Hacking has 146 points to 143 for Eslick. Cardenas moves to third with 142.Daytona SportBike:1. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)2. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)3. Danny Eslick (Buell)4. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)5. Michael Barnes (Buell)6. Ben Thompson (Aprilia)7. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)8. Damian Cudlin (Yamaha)9. Russ Wikle (Suzuki)10. Dane Westby (Yamaha)
Cardenas Doubles at Barber
Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor
Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.