SportBike Mid-Ohio Race 1 Results

July 14, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Dane Westby went 1-2 at Mid-Ohio and sits second in overall SportBike points.
Dane Westby took his first Daytona SportBike win of 2012 in Race 1 at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course.

M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby took his first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike win in Race 1 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. Westby barely edged out Geico Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas in the final lap and Yamaha Extended Service’s Cameron Beaubier rounded out the podium.

Westby and Cardenas fought an intense battle for the lead, both riders trading places out front a number of times before the checkers. Both riders came off the start up front contending with Team Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo who opened the race in pole position. DiSalvo fell off the lead early on and slipped in position as the race progressed. While running in sixth-place late in the contest, DiSalvo crashed out of the race.

“It was a barnburner and Martin wasn’t going to give it up,” said Westby. “I played my cards right and got the win but it was really close.”

Beaubier’s teammate Tommy Hayden lagged by over 18 seconds in fourth with Ducshop Racing’s Jake Zemke taking fifth and RoadRace Factory’s JD Beach in sixth.

Cardenas retained his points lead, now 47 points ahead of new the second-place rider, Westby. Hayden advanced one position as well to third overall as DiSalvo slipped from second to fourth. Beaubier remains fifth in points overall.

Dane Westby  5  ahead of Martin Cardenas and Cameron Beaubier  6  in SportBike Race 1.
Daytona SportBike Race 1 podium with Dane Westby  center  in first  Martin Cardenas  right  in second and Cameron Beaubier  left  in third.
(Above) Dane Westby (5) ahead of Martin Cardenas and Cameron Beaubier (6). (Below) Daytona SportBike Race 1 podium with Dane Westby (center) in first, Martin Cardenas (right) in second and Cameron Beaubier (left) in third.

AMA SportBike Mid-Ohio Race 1 Results:
1. Dane Westby (Suzuki)
2. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
4. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha)
5. Jake Zemke (Ducati)
6. JD Beach (Yamaha)
7. Fernando Amantini (Kawasaki)
8. Cory West (Suzuki)
9. Derek Wagnon (Ducati)
10. Michael Beck (Yamaha)
11. David Gaviria (Yamaha)
12. Bobby Prince (Yamaha)
13. Josh Galster (Yamaha)
14. Kenny Riedmann (Triumph)
15. Scott Ryan (Yamaha)

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points:
1. Martin Cardenas, 269
2. Dane Westby, 222
3. Tommy Hayden, 197
4. Jason DiSalvo, 193
5. Cameron Beaubier, 173
6. Jake Zemke, 166
7. JD Beach, 153
8. Bobby Fong, 141
9. Joey Pascarella, 129
10. Cory West, 128