WSS: Martin Cardenas in for Robbin Harms at Portimao

The RES Software Veidec Racing Team has announced that Colombian Martin Cardenas will replace the injured Robbin Harms at Portimao.  Harms, who hails from Denmark,  is still recuperating from deep back and rib bruises incurred in the warm-up session at the Imola round. Cardenas, who raced this year for team M4 Emgo Suzuki in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class, where he finished the year in third place, has 250 GP experience and is widely regarded as one of the rising stars on the American racing scene.

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Hi Mike,

I believe Martin is Colombian. He is relatively popular here in North America, and nearly won the Sportbike Championship this year. A bad hand injury late in the season scuppered his hopes.


Martin was IMO one of the top three racers in the US this season. Persevering early on while having the overcome the Buells ridiculous, abhorrent displacement advantage. Great opportunity for him. Anyone who can escape the clutches of the DMG is doing something right.

I was at VIR and on the back side of the course when Martin crashed in practice and broke his hand. We watched him and his bike slide to a stop, watched Martin get up, look at his right hand, then squat down and press the protruding bones in his hand back into place. Then the guy proceeded to race the rest of the weekend to stay in contention for a title against a bike that was hugely overpowered compared to his. Very, very impressive racer. I'd love to see him do well in Portugal and pick up a full time WSB or WSS ride for next year.

After Harms put a stop to Rea's championship last year, I can't help but think this is a good thing. That's one more potential crash out of Cal's way.

With Cardenas in for Harms, Dutchman Arie Vos is the only one of the RES Veidec team's regular riders at Portimao. The German Jesco Gunther has been forced to miss the weekend due to a problem with funds, and Harms is out due to injury. Even in some of the cheapest forms of racing, budgets are starting to run out, it seems.