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Martin Cardenas to Race WSS at Portimao

Thursday, October 22, 2009
M4 Suzukis Martin Cardenas passed Eslick on lap 15 and then put in his fasted time on the next lap  1:29.678  to take his first career Daytona SportBike win.
Martin Cardenas took third place in the 2009 AMA Daytona SportBike championship.
Martin Cardenas of Team M4 Suzuki will race in this weekend's Supersport World Championship finale in Portimao, Portugal for the RES Software Veidec Racing Team. Cardenas, a former Spanish Superstock Champion who spent two years in 250cc Grand Prix, will replace the injured Danish rider Robbin Harms.

“We think the world of Martin and his ability and we're glad to see him get this opportunity,” said Team M4 Suzuki Crew Chief Keith Perry. “He's been in that environment before when he raced 250cc Grand Prix and we know he'll be able to perform well. Martin was quick in the 8-Hour race last weekend at Daytona and the hand injury he had at the end of the AMA SportBike season shouldn't be an issue. We're confident he's healed, and he really wanted to ride on the track at Portimao so we agreed to this outing. The team is really looking forward to working with Martin next year and we're all for him getting this opportunity. We wish him the very best this weekend and we'll be watching intently to see how he does.”

Cardenas won seven AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races for Team M4 Suzuki, finished on the podium a total of 10 times and remains contracted to Team Hammer, Inc., which currently races as Team M4 Suzuki. At the 8-Hours of Daytona race last weekend, the 26-year old Colombian set the quickest time of the race with a lap at 1:50.8 on a detuned GSX-R600 built to Moto-GT dyno limits.

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