Rider Spotlight: Martin Cardenas
NEWS August 9, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
AMAP: Where are you from?
MC: I am from Medellin, Colombia.
AMAP: How did you get into riding motorcycles?
MC: I got a bike as a Christmas present when I was a little kid. From then on, I have loved riding bikes.
AMAP: Tell us about your progression in racing motorcycles that lead up to where you’re currently at in GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing.
MC: I started off riding motocross racing for about 10 years, and then I discovered the love for high speeds and changed to road racing where I started in the Spain Championship. I raced for about two years and won that championship. Then, I moved on to 250 GP where I raced for a year. Then, I started in AMA Pro Racing. In the second half of 2007, I joined the M4 Suzuki (Team Hammer) team, and I have been racing with them ever since.
AMAP: What are your thoughts on competing in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class?
MC: I really enjoy racing in the Daytona SportBike class. I think the competition is great, it's a very level field and the competitors are very fast and skilled.
AMAP: Who did you think was going to be your biggest competition in the beginning of the 2012?.. Who is it now?
MC: From the beginning, I thought Jason DiSalvo was going to be great competition for me. I think Cameron Baubier is a very strong competitor and competition for me now.
AMAP: Do you ride motorcycles when you’re not at the racetrack?
MC: Yes, I ride a scooter back home.
AMAP: You’ve tested at both NOLA Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Can you compare the two racetracks?
MC: I think both race tracks are very different. Homestead-Miami is more speedway style like Daytona, and NOLA is more like a proper road course... very fast and flowing
AMAP: Last season, you competed on the GSX-R1000. Are you looking to make a return to the National Guard SuperBike class?
MC: Yes, I would really like to be racing in that category again, but it's not up to me. It's up to my team.
AMAP: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, competition or the speed?
MC: I believe all three are the perfect combination.
AMAP: Who’s your racing hero?
MC: I don’t have a racing hero in particular, but I do have some racers that I look up to a lot.
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