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Martin Cardenas   » rider bio

Birth place Medellin, Colombia
Hometown Medellin, Colombia
Height 5-7
Weight 136
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Martin Cardenas

Career Highlights

2013 - Finished 3rd in final AMA Pro SuperBike point standings with 13 Top 5s and two victories (Daytona R2, Miller R1). Raced for Yoshimura Suzuki.

2012 - Returned back to the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series. Picked up right where he left off as he finished first in the standings. Made the most of his 19 starts; accounting for eight victories and 13 overrall visits to the podium. 

2010 - Won the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship, taking victory in a record nine of eighteen races while finishing on the podium thirteen times in all.

2009 - 2009 - Cardenas emerged as a serious title contender in his first season of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike competition, winning seven races - Road Atlanta, Barber (2), Infineon (2), Road America, Topeka - and earning ten podiums to finish third in the point standings. An injury in a VIR crash quelled his title hopes but Cardenas proved his toughness by attempting to race despite a compound fracture. Raced for for Team M4 Suzuki.

2008 - Finished seventh in Formula Xtreme, despite missing two races, on the strength of six top-four finishes.  Closed the season with three third-place showings and fourth in the Laguna Seca finale.  Missed three races but still managed to finish 11th in AMA Pro SuperSport for the second year, highlighted by a second-place finish at Mid-Ohio and fourth at Road Atlanta.  Also partnered teammate Chris Ulrich to win the AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT 8 Hours of Daytona. Raced for Team M4 Suzuki.

2007 - Raced in AMA Pro SuperSport, earning podium finishes at Miller Motorsports Park, Virginia and Laguna Seca to finish 11th in the points championship.  Also raced Formula Xtreme, earning a podium finish at Road America.  Raced with Team M4 Suzuki but also made limited AMA Pro Superbike starts with Tacoma Kawasaki, earning three top-15 finishes. 

2006 - Competed in 250 MotoGP for Spanish Team Honda BQR and was later picked up by Repsol Honda only to suffer a broken collarbone in his first race weekend that slowed him for the rest of the season.

2005 - Raced in 250 MotoGP for Team Aprilia Germany.

2004 - Raced in 250 MotoGP for Team Aprilia Germany.

2003 - Finished seventh in Spanish CEV series on a Luis d’Antin Yamaha while also winning the Latin American SuperSport Championship in his native Colombia. 

2002 - After a successful tryout in 2001, landed a fulltime ride in Spanish CEV.

Early Career - Began racing in Motocross in his native Colombia at the age of 11 and went on to win several 125 championships.  First came to the U.S. and turned pro in 2000.

2011 - Contended his first AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season, finishing the year fourth in the point standings with nine Top 5s, including a win in Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park.  Raced for M4 Suzuki. 

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