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Cárdenas scores a point for Columbia

Cárdenas scores a point for Columbia

Cárdenas scores a point for Columbia

Martín Cárdenas scored his first point in the 250cc World Championship last weekend in Portugal when he finished in 15th position. The achievement opens his personal 250cc scoring record but it's also an important step for his nation, Columbia, as it is only the second point ever scored by a Columbian rider – the first one being scored by Mauro Corradi in the 1977 Venezuelan Grand Prix.

"To be honest, I was really surprised. The weekend got off to a poor start, qualifying wasn't really good and my shoulder bothered me a bit, I didn't know how I would respond. But in the end, I was able to get a good result and score this important first point," commented Cárdenas.

Interest in the MotoGP World Championship has increased a lot in South America over the past few years and the popularity of the sport can only grow further with new riders liker Cardenas performing well.

"I have a lot of support back in Colombia and they really follow what I do, before and after the races, for testing and in general, for the whole MotoGP World Championship. This year, the Championship is broadcasted on a national TV, and it attracts many new fans. It's also very important that they have a fellow Columbian in the World Championship."

A former motocrosser, Cárdenas moved to Spain in 2002 and clinched the Spanish Supersport title last year, before moving on to 250 Grand Prix racing with the Aprilia Germany team this year.

"This class is very strong, and it's very tough to fight against the factory teams, which have very good riders and very good bikes.

"Our bike reached an interesting level in terms of development, but we still have to work on the set-up – this is a complicated path!.

"I intend to gain experience in this class over the next couple of seasons so I can start to fight at the front and try to win races. For now, my goal is complete as many races as possible and to keep scoring points."

250cc, 2005

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