After decimating the competition for years in the AMA paddock with retired Australian Superbike racer Mat Mladin (so much that the AMA actually changed the rules to create more parity) the Yoshimura Suzuki has played second fiddle to Josh Hayes and the Graves Motorsports Yamaha team.
From the quality of its exhaust systems to the precision tuning and engine building services Yoshimura has developed a reputation for doing things “the right way” and is anxious to return to the top step of the podium. To do this, it has signed Martin Cardenas to race its Suzuki GSX-R1000 in this season’s AMA SuperBike Championship
Cardenas, 30, is a proven champion having won the Daytona SportBike Championship twice in ’10 and ’12 aboard a GSX-R600. Although he encountered sporadic success during his initial Superbike foray with the M4 Suzuki team in 2011, Cardenas feels that he is in the best spot possible to vie for race wins this season.
"I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to race for one of the best, if not the best, Superbike teams in the U.S.,” says the Columbian rider. “It's really a dream come true to become part of the Yoshimura Suzuki team. I will give everything I have to try to obtain the best results for the team and for me. And hopefully I will be in the mix for the top spot in the championship."
With the start of the season only a few weeks away Cardenas and his team have been busy getting his bike dialed for the opening round at Daytona International Speedway March 14-16. Make sure to check out this video in which he puts in laps at Southern California’s Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.