- Martin Cardenas
- 5' 6"
- 140 lbs
- Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000
- AMA Pro Superbike
New team member Martin Cardenas comes to Yoshimura Suzuki having secured the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike titles in 2012 and 2010 while riding for a Suzuki support team. Cardenas captured eight wins en route to the 2012 title, nine wins in 2010 and he holds the all-time win record in the class with 24.
In between 600cc championships, Cardenas raced one year of AMA Pro Superbike, where he finished fourth overall in points and carded a rookie season victory. Now, Cardenas is looking forward to returning to the premier class, this time on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"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.,” said Cardenas. “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."
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.