Cardenas takes pole for Daytona 200

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Colombia's Martin Cardenas took the pole position Friday for the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cardenas, riding a Suzuki, toured the 3.51-mile road course in 1 minute, 49.560 seconds at 115.334 mph to earn the pole for the 57-lap race Saturday.

Rounding out the front row for the Daytona 200 are Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier (115.143 mph), Jason DiSalvo on a Triumph (115.111) and Yamaha's Joey Pascarella (114.711).

Also Friday, two-time defending AMA SuperBike champion Josh Hayes began his title defense with a dominating victory in the 15-lap opening round.