In addition to taking the 2010 Daytona SportBike Championship, Martin Cardenas also took the double victory at Barber Motorsports Park.
The final race of the Daytona SportBike series was an intense two-part affair that began with Geico Powersports Suzuki
’s Danny Eslick in the early lead followed by Project 1 Atlanta’s Clinton Seller, Team Graves Yamaha
’s Josh Herrin and M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas.
As the race progressed, however, the Project 1 Atlanta duo of Dane Westby and Seller took over first and second respectively. Cardenas wasted little time getting behind Seller where he kept the pressure on for the second slot, and the two became embroiled in a feud that allowed Westby to open a gap. The race was suddenly brought to a halt on Lap 13 following the crashes of Westby and Seller.
In the restart Eslick once again took to the front, this time ahead of Herrin, Westby, Chronic Motorspots’ Paul Allison and Cardenas. Meanwhile, Seller struggled in the restart and was running 11th on Lap 15.
Westby and Eslick traded the lead back and forth a few times before Cardenas made his move to the front. Determined to take the double victory at Barber and clench the DSB Championship, the Colombian put in a strong ride in the last few laps to hold off the competition and seal the deal, taking the win by more than one and a half seconds. Cardenas secured the 2010 Daytona SportBike Championship ahead of Eslick, who finished ahead of Herrin during the difficult race to take second in the series. A battered Herrin was left languishing down in 11th following an intense feud with Eslick which put him on the deck. Despite finishing outside the top-10, Herrin took home third in the championship, with Rapp and Westby rounding out the top-five finishers in the final Daytona SportBike standings.
2010 Daytona SportBike Barber Race 2 Results:
1. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
2. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
3. Dane Westby (Yamaha)
With three laps remaining Herrin passed Eslick, and shortly afterward Eslick came back with an extremely aggressive - and maybe even illegal - pass on the inside that sent Herrin sliding into the wet grass.
4. Paul Allison (Yamaha)
5. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki)
6. Cory West (Suzuki)
7. Steve Rapp (Ducati)
8. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha)
9. Clinton Seller (Yamaha)
10. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha)
11. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
12. Russ Wikle (Suzuki)
13. Kris Turner (Suzuki)
14. Barrett Long (Ducati)
15. Fernando Amantini (Kawasaki)
2010 Daytona SportBike Championship Points:
1. Martin Cardenas, 405
2. Danny Eslick, 397
3. Josh Herrin, 377
4. Steve Rapp, 281
5. Dane Westby, 248