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Under the Radar: Jeremy Martin

Although Jeremy Martin did enjoy a lot of success throughout his amateur career, he did not enter the professional ranks with as much hype as his compatriots. When Jeremy decided to line up for the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series last year, he definitely went in under the radar. The younger Martin brother has shown a handful of flashes of speed thus far. In my opinion, the MyPlash Star Racing Yamaha rider was the top rookie during the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series; he has also been strong during the first two rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

In my opinion, his rookie Monster Energy AMA Supercross campaign was a success. But that is not to say that he did not run into a few issues along the way; the younger Martin brother experienced many highs and lows in the 250SX East series. At the opening round Jeremy did not qualify for the first main event of his career, for instance. But, it was not too long before he found his way up onto the podium at Daytona – the fourth round of the series. Arguably, this result should have been an indication that he would be strong outdoors, as his fitness is a non-issue.

Unfortunately, Jeremy Martin ended the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series in the worst way possible; he fractured his wrist three rounds from the end at Houston. So, Martin made just five main events in his rookie season. Despite this the knowledge gained is invaluable, it would seem. In that time he finished inside of the top five four times; the kid has potential, I do believe. Although the wrist injury forced him to miss the remainder of supercross, it does seem as though he is not suffering from any lingering affects in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

At Hangtown (the first round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross) there were a lot storylines for us to focus on; the riders at the head of the pack often steal the limelight. However Jeremy Martin was impressive; it’s just that not many people took notice. In the opening moto at Hangtown he finished an impressive seventh place followed by a thirteenth in the second moto; Jeremy finished eighth overall following these two results, despite a rough start to moto two. Martin seemed to learn a lot from round one; as his starts, and results were much better at Thunder Valley this past weekend.

Although Jeremy Martin started the first moto [at Thunder Valley] in the top ten, he fell back a bit on the first lap; this meant that he had to fight forwards from just inside the top fifteen. However Martin had found his way into eighth (the position that he finished in) on lap nine; I was impressed with how he sprinted early, passing some established names. Intriguingly, the Thunder Valley track is based much higher than sea level; this has an impact on the rider and the machine, so the race is quite unique. Despite this, he was very consistent throughout the moto with his lap-times; in fact they hardly altered from the first lap to the last.

Jeremy Martin captured the holeshot in moto two (the first of his professional career), which put him in a position to capture the best finish of his short career, also. Although he did drop backwards to fourth on lap one, he seemed to get more comfortable as the moto progressed – this was evident. In the end, Martin ended the moto sixth behind former race winners; so I think that he finished where you would expect him to with that sort of start. Intriguingly, this start seemed to have improved his raw speed slightly; his average lap time was faster than in moto one, despite the track being much more difficult.

Jeremy Martin was quite consistent on the day, with an eighth and sixth (which left him sixth overall) in the two motos. The MyPlash Star Racing Yamaha rider is sat sixth in the standings, also. Overall, it has been a pretty good start to the series for the younger Martin brother and he will only get better, I believe.

Words by Lewis Phillips

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