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Cardenas & Westby to Team Hammer

2012 AMA Pro Racing

Team Hammer Inc., which raced under the M4 Suzuki name during the 2011 AMA Pro Racing season, has re-signed Martin Cardenas and Dane Westby for the 2012 season.

Cardenas, the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion, is one of the foremost talents in the AMA Pro paddock. The Colombian won his first AMA Pro Superbike race at Barber Motorsports Park during the 2011 season and has won a total of 17 AMA Pro races in the past three years.

Westby joined the team for 2011 and earned his first AMA Pro race win at Mid-Ohio. The Oklahoman was instantly competitive on Team Hammer’s bikes in the Daytona SportBike class, showcasing his aggressive style with regularity.

Keith Perry (Team Hammer Keith Perry) says: "We’re excited to have both riders back for next year as we continue to finalize our 2012 plans. It is accepted knowledge that Martin is one of the very best riders in the paddock. He’s fast and is going to give you 100% every time out.

"He can win on any type of bike and in any class and you know he’s going to give maximum effort every time. His personality is easy to work with and he’s a joy for the guys on his crew. We’ve had a lot of success so far but are looking forward to 2012.

"Dane joined the team this past year and learned a new bike really quickly. He got a great win and came close to winning several other times and we’re looking forward to his continued development. Dane earned some good results this year and we think he can be a solid contender for the championship in the future."

Team Hammer will announce more on its 2012 plans at a later date. The upcoming year will the mark the team’s 32nd consecutive racing season.

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