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Rider: Martin Cardenas
Team: M4 Monster Energy Suzuki
Machine: Suzuki GSX-R1000 (#36)
Born: December 9, 1982 in Medellin, Colombia
Martin Cardenas is a Columbian-born roadracer who began racing motocross at 11 years old. After dominating the local motocross scene, Cardenas made his way to roadracing in the regional ranks. He made a name for himself by capturing back-to-back titles in the Latin American Supersport Championship and Spanish Supersport CEV Championship during 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Colombian then went on to the 250 MotoGP series where he became the first ever Colombian to compete. Following a nasty crash that resulted in a broken collarbone in 2006, Cardenas was unable to continue in the series due to a lack of strength.
Shortly after moving to the U.S. in 2007 Cardenas became involved in AMA Superstock. He was offered a ride with the M4 Suzuki squad as a replacement for an injured rider, and since then he’s become a staple for the Suzuki team.
In 2009 Cardenas appeared as a serious threat for the Daytona SportBike title. With seven wins and three podiums, Cardenas was well on his way to victory when a major crash at VIR removed him from the championship running. Cardenas returned for 2010 in a determined fashion, however. Posting nine wins and another three podiums, Cardenas claimed his first title in the U.S.
For 2011 Cardenas will continue with the M4 Monster Energy Suzuki team in the American SuperBike series.
2010 – 1st AMA Pro Daytona SportBike – Suzuki
2009 – 3rd AMA Pro Daytona SportBike – Suzuki
2008 – 7th AMA Formula Xtreme – Suzuki
2008 – 11th AMA Supersport – Suzuki
2007 – 13th AMA Formula Xtreme – Suzuki
2007 – 24th AMA Superstock – Kawasaki
2007 – 27th AMA Superbike – Kawasaki
2007 – 11th AMA Supersport – Suzuki
2006 – 15th 250cc MotoGP – Honda
2005 – 25th 250cc MotoGP – Aprilia
2004 – 1st Spanish Supersport CEV Championship – Aprilia
2003 – 1st Latin American Supersport Championship – Yamaha
2003 – 7th Spanish Supersport CEV Championship – Yamaha
2002 – 23rd Spanish Supersport CEV Championship