Top-Ten Finishes for M4 Suzuki at Laguna Seca

M4 Suzuki came away from a dramatic day at Laguna Seca with a pair of top-ten results.

Dane Westby picked up the team's best finish on the day in front of over 50,000 fans in Monterey, California, to watch the combined AMA Pro Road Racing/MotoGP World Championship weekend.

The Oklahoman was awarded a sixth-place result when the twice red-flagged AMA Pro Daytona SportBike was called complete following just 10 of an originally schedule 23 laps.

"The bike was good but I left a little aggression on the table today, I felt," Westby said. "My advantage is braking really hard, and in the early laps I was giving some guys a little extra room after the first lap incident that brought out the red flag. The leaders got away and I wasn't able to do much, unlike Mid-Ohio. Still, sixth is not that bad and we're looking forward to Jersey."

Martin Cardenas got away in fifth position in Sunday's AMA Pro Superbike race and was working hard to track down the leading foursome. However, in his attempt he ran off course and through the gravel while working lap 3, dropping down to 15th position in the process.

The Colombian put his head down and picked his way back up through the order aboard his GSX-R1000, climbing to eighth slot with seventh and sixth in his sights when he ultimately took the checkered flag.

Chris Ulrich, still just ten weeks removed from fracturing two lumbar vertebrae and fighting to regain his fitness, was able to complete 15 laps of the Superbike final.

"We made some progress," Ulrich said. "The biggest problem now is getting healed back up to wrestle around a big Superbike. When you're still healing and you're guarding certain things, you end up overcompensating and suffer from a lot of fatigue. We made 15 laps today and we're pretty happy with that.

"I'm way ahead of where I was at Mid-Ohio. I've got another month now and we can get everything ready and dialed in and come out swinging at New Jersey."

M4 Suzuki will close out the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing campaign at the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 2-4.

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