It really bugged me when Cardenas went back to Sportbike. We all knew he could win as soon as we heard the announcement. It would have been a lot more interesting to see him in Superbike. And not only did it hurt Superbike, but it hurt Sportbike to have him taking the spotlight from the younger up-and-coming riders.
For the long-term good of the series, we should see a steady progression from Super-sport to Sport-bike to Superbike. Cardenas, T. Hayden and Disalvo should all be in Superbike. And now if Blake Young gets bumped for Cardenas, where does that leave him?
From 2011 to 2012, we saw two of the top 4 Superbike finishers get demoted or lose rides and now we're looking at the possibility of the 2nd place finisher losing his.
I guess it's all about money, but in a sane world, any money there is should be going toward keeping the top riders at the top.