Martin Cardenas

  • Name
  • Martin Cardenas
  • Number
  • 36
  • Height
  • 5' 6"
  • Weight
  • 140 lbs
  • Motorcycle
  • Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000
  • Class
  • AMA Pro Superbike

Biography

Martin Cardenas' first season with Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing was a tremendously successful one. The Colombian rider started the season with an AMA Pro Superbike win at Daytona International Raceway, and went on to race his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to an additional victory at the New Jersey event, as well as nine more podium finishes. With the onset of the 2014 racing season, Cardenas is looking to improve on last year and bring home his first AMA Pro Superbike title.

"Last year, the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike season was pretty good," said Cardenas. "I ended up third for the season and I was happy with that. At the same time, this year I am looking to improve that result. My goal for this year is to be on the box for each and every race. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by the greatest Superbike team in the paddock. So hopefully by the end of the season, I'll be fighting for the ZSuperbike championship."

Accomplishments

2012:  Started the 2012 season by winning the pole for the Daytona 200 and earning a Rolex watch. He is the all-time leader in Daytona SportBike career wins with 24 wins and finished the season with the championship!


2011: Won at Barber Motorsports Park and earned three podium placings on the way to fourth in AMA Pro Superbike points on a GSX-R1000. Was a mainstay at the front, finishing fifth or better nine times. Won the 2011 FIM Latin American Supersport Championship in a double-header in Bogota, Colombia, riding an M4 Suzuki GSX-R600.


2010: Won a record nine of 18 races and the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship. Scored a total of 13 podium (top-3) finishes during the season.


2009: Won seven AMA races - more than anyone else in the class and finished the season third in the points standings after an injury forced him to sit out the final round.


2008: Earned five AMA Podiums, and finished 4th in the Daytona 200. Ended 2008 7th in Formula Extreme and 11th in Supersport after missing four rounds due to injury.


2006: Started his second season in the 250cc World Championship, but a broken collarbone eventually ended his season early, creating the opportunity that brought him to the U.S. in 2007, when he attracted the attention of Team Hammer.


2005: Earned a ride in the MotoGP 250cc World Championship, and several strong rides in the super-competitive series tallied enough points for many teams to consider him for the following season.


2004: Won the CEV Spanish National Supersport Championship.


2003: Earned a ride with a Yamaha team in the CEV Spanish National Series, finishing 7th overall while also winning the Latin American Supersport Championship in Colombia.


2002: His first full season of road racing was a successful learning year, and earned him a sponsored ride for the following year.


2001: Martin traveled to Spain for a road race tryout at the end of the season, and with a good result landed a ride for the 2002 season.