16 Mar, 2017

Transworld MX: Jeremy Martin | Planting The Seed

Photos | Mike Emery @emeryphoto/Words | Casey Davis @air_d617

By now, you’ve either heard about or witnessed Jeremy Martin’s performance at the 2017 Daytona Supercross, as he finished in second place in his first-ever 450 class race. The Geico Honda rider lined up on the bigger bike as a one-time deal and did so aboard a factory HRC Honda CRF450R. J-Mart went on to lead the race for a total of 11 laps in front of the likes of Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Chad Reed after grabbing the holeshot, but in the end he was passed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac for the lead. J-Mart ultimately finished in second place and has plans to make the move up to the premier class in 2018, so his results at Daytona couldn’t have come at a better time. We caught up with the number six this morning to talk about Daytona and to hear about his experience working with Team HRC Honda.

First off, let’s talk about Daytona. The weekend went very well for yourself, so talk about the experience through your eyes…
Daytona was a breath of fresh air, for myself. To get second overall in my first ever 450 class Main Event against guys like Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson and so on is extremely gratifying. Every one of those guys in that class has done something exceptional at some point in their career, so it was an honor to a race against guys of that caliber. The 450 guys ride a lot differently then the 250 class racers in that they seem to hold their line more efficiently. I had the upmost respect for everyone out there, especially the guys in championship contention, and I had a really good time out there.

Now that you’ve experienced the 450 class, how does it compare to the 250 class as far as the competition goes?
The obvious difference with the 450 guys is that they’re much more seasoned therefore they know what moves to make and when to make them. As a 250 class competitor, I’m used to doing only eight rounds of Supercross whereas the premier class races a total of 17 rounds, so that alone gives them over twice as much race time as us. Not only that, but the racing format in the 450 class entails more race-time because of the addition of the semi qualifiers, so they’re experiencing more gate-drops, as well. The race-craft that the premier class racers embody is way up there! Again, they know when to make a move and when to hold off. Sometimes I get a little impatient and that’s exactly what happened this weekend as I was trailing Justin Brayton. I attempted to make a pass on him, but I was unsuccessful, which allowed for Cole Seely to pass me. That particular instance also showed me that there’s always going to be someone there to capitalize on your mistakes.

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Did you expect to qualify second for your first 450 Supercross?
No, not at all. I remember looking over at the board and saying to myself, “Holy crap! The six is up there!” (Laughs). I felt good throughout the week leading up to Daytona, but I guess I didn’t realize how good I felt (laughs). It was an experience that I’ll never forget.

You led more than half of the Main Event in front of some notable riders. That has to be a gratifying feeling, right? To know that you’re more than capable of beating some of the best in the world in the 450 class.
Yeah, absolutely. To be able to pull the holeshot from 18th gate pick on the outside was unbelievable, as well. All of the lines going down the start straight were shitty because they were choppy and many of them even crossed over into other lines, so it wasn’t exactly ideal. My plan was to obviously get a good jump off the gate, but after that I was aiming for the outside line. I was going to Mono-rail the crap out of that outside berm and I did just that! As the race went on I thought to myself, “Wow, I lead the first lap!” And that went on for 11 laps. After a while, I had to take a look back to see who was on me and when I saw it was Eli Tomac my goal was just to ride as smooth as possible. I actually managed to calm down and relax on lap four or five, and I was really able to find my groove out there. As the laps clicked off, I thought that I could possibly win, but on the lap eight is when the fatigue began to set in. I gave it all I had until lap 11 and soon after is when Eli passed me. That 450 is so much more powerful and obviously heavier, which is something that I am not accustomed to, quite yet. I didn’t get tired because I was riding too tight though. Instead, I think riding the heavier and more powerful bike is what got to me.

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Was the jump up to the bigger bike a difficult transition for you?
No, actually it was quite the opposite. It was a very simple transition for me simply because of the bike and the way it handles. The entire HRC Honda crew took me in under their wing and from the beginning it was an easy switch. I adapted to the bike in a matter of two or three days. I think it was evident that I was comfortable on the bike during the race, as well.

Talk about your time with Team HRC Honda. They’re one of the most prestigious teams in the pits, so talk about your experience working alongside that crew of people.
It was great working alongside the HRC Honda guys! For me, I never thought I’d be in a position to ride a factory Honda. I mean, I got to ride a factory Honda CRF450R! That’s pretty bad ass if you ask me because a lot of people never even get the chance to see those bikes in person. Those guys over at HRC have worked with a lot of successful people over the years, so to work with Dan Betley and everyone else was an incredible experience, for me. That’s something that I get to cross off my bucket list!

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Now that your first race in the 450 class is in the books, do you think you planted a good seed with that second place finish for your move up to the 450 class next year as far as contracts and teams go?
Yeah, I’d like to believe that I planted a good seed. To be honest, I know that a lot of people said that I was going to fail at Daytona because they weren’t expecting me to do as well as I did. And a lot of people said that it was a no-pressure race, which is completely untrue. There was a lot of pressure on myself last weekend, because that was essentially a tryout of sorts for my move up to the premier class. I think there was more pressure to do well this weekend than there was to win the 250 West Coast Supercross Championship. I knew that I needed to do well because I know that eventually I’ll be moving up to that class, so it was important for me to establish myself and what I’m capable of. I’ve been saying for the last year or two that I’ve wanted to move up to the 450 class, so getting that second place was also a bit of reassurance. A lot of people also said that Daytona wasn’t a legitimate Supercross track. I disagree because it was much more jumpy and more technical than it has been in the past. Nonetheless, I showcased that I know how to ride a 450!

You surprised a lot of people this weekend including those that doubted you. How does it feel proving all of those people wrong?
It feels really good! I finished 17 seconds behind Eli and I wasn’t happy about that because I got pretty tired out there. I just tried my best to ride it into the finish. With how my season has gone in the 250 West Coast Supercross Series, my performance at Daytona couldn’t have come at a better time because that’s a huge accomplishment to have on my resume. I made sure to crack open a beer after the race because I wanted to celebrate with the people that have been in my corner before the 2017 season even began. We’ve been in the trenches since then, so we had to soak it in. Like I said, I had a celebratory beer and I even ordered some pizza (laughs). We had a great night, and I felt that it was important to celebrate as a team. That was probably the most rewarding part of the weekend; to be able to share that experience and success with everyone.

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01 Mar, 2017

Jeremy Martin to Ride Ken Roczen’s HRC Honda CRF450R at Daytona Supercross

Vital MX: Ken Roczen’s vacant bike has found a new home for the Daytona Supercross, as Jeremy Martin will make his debut in the 450 class with the HRC team and gains experience for his move to the class full-time in 2018.

PR from Honda: TORRANCE, Calif. (Mar. 1, 2017) – Team Honda HRC announced today that current GEICO Honda rider Jeremy Martin will fill in for the injured Ken Roczen at the Daytona Supercross by Honda on March 11. Martin will pilot a factory CRF450R at the coveted Honda-sponsored event in his first-ever premier class race. Following his one-race stint, Martin will rejoin the GEICO Honda squad to begin preparing for the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, as well the return of the Western Regional 250SX campaign.

“We’re excited to have Jeremy riding for us at the Daytona Supercross,” said Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “Despite only a short amount of time on the bike, he already feels very comfortable so I’m confident in his ability to deliver a solid result. I’d like to thank GEICO Honda for making Jeremy available to us for this race.”

“I’m beyond excited that American Honda is giving me the opportunity to ride a factory CRF450R,” stated Martin. “I’m also looking forward to making my debut in the premier class at Daytona, one of the most hyped up supercross races of all time. Everyone loves Daytona due to it being so different so I’m excited to go race the best guys in the world. I’d love to get a solid finish for Honda since they sponsor the event.”

30 Jan, 2017

Struggle in the Desert for GEICO Honda

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Glendale, AZ (Jan 28, 2017) – After showing signs of potential at the first three rounds of Monster Energy Supercross, the GEICO Honda 250SX effort hit a rough patch a round four, on a cold night at University of Phoenix Stadium outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Jimmy Decotis led the team with an eighth-place finish, while Jeremy Martin was forced out of the event after a practice crash. Martin will be reevaluated before next week’s race in Oakland, California.

Decotis’ eighth was solid, but the popular New England native feels he is capable of more.

“Started the night out with a solid third place in the heat race,” said Decotis. “Grabbed another great start in the main event starting second. My first five laps were really bad. I struggled with the section after the second triple. I couldn’t execute the roll-triple-triple and it cost me huge. Really struggled in the main event. I take full responsibility for my results with some bad racing decisions. Good thing we go racing again in six days and everyone will forget about this race. Going to make some adjustments this week and come back next weekend with an open mind and leave this weekend in the past.”

Martin showed his typical fast qualifying speed by clocking the third-best time in the first timed qualifying session. But when Tyler Bowers crashed in a rhythm section, Martin connected with him and went down, and he banged his head a bit in the fall. Martin was able to get back up and finish the qualifying session, but as a precaution, the team elected to keep him out of the racing action for the rest of the event.

GEICO Honda Results
Glendale Supercross

January 28, 2017

8. Jimmy Decotis

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23 Jan, 2017

Decotis, Martin, Endure Anaheim 2 Supercross

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Anaheim, CA (Jan 21) – The story remains the same for the GEICO Honda team in Monster Energy Supercross, as Jeremy Martin had to mount a comeback from last in the main event, and Jimmy Decotis fought hard to hang onto the leader’s pace up front. Both were left searching for more, again, when the night was over. Decotis finished sixth, and Martin was tenth.

Just like Anaheim 1 two weeks ago, Martin grabbed poll position by logging the fastest time in qualifying. But he was again undone by first-lap troubles, getting caught in a pileup with his friend Phil Nicoletti in the first turn. From 22nd, Martin charged the whole way to get to tenth, just missing ninth-place Josh Hansen at the line. Martin has had to come from way, way back in all three races this season.

“A2 started out great with P1 in practice,” said Martin. “Got off to a decent start in the in the heat with a third place and felt solid going into the main, but got into a first turn pile up. Had to remount from last to 10th place. Me and my buddy Phil [Nicoletti] keeping finding each other! Looking forward to Phoenix SX to finally better my result!”

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Last week, Decotis led more than half of the main event only to slip back to sixth. This week his ride was more consistent, but the result ended up the same.

“Another weekend in the books,” said Decotis. “Happy with my riding, not so happy with the result. Started fourth, I slipped back to sixth and stayed there the whole race. Fought as hard as I could but sixth was the best I was going to get tonight. Really happy with the positive feedback from GEICO Honda, though. I’m so blessed to have such a good team behind me. Looking forward to Phoenix and putting the bike on the podium. Everyday is getting better and I’m thankful for everyone helping me chase my goals.”

The team heads to Glendale, Arizona for round four this Saturday.

 

GEICO Honda Results

Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA

January 21, 2017

6. Jimmy Decotis

10. Jeremy Martin

 

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16 Jan, 2017

Decotis leads, Martin charges for GEICO Honda in San Diego

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San Diego, CA (January 14, 2017) – A tale of two races for GEICO Honda riders Jimmy Decotis and Jeremy Martin at round two of Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego. Early in the race, Decotis took off with the holeshot and the early lead, logging some of the best laps of his professional career. At the same time, Martin got stuck in the starting gate and then went down, making the two teammates first and last at the end of the first lap.

Decotis led 10 laps of the 18-lap 250SX main event but ended up sliding back to finish in sixth place. Martin compounded his bad start with a first-lap crash, but came from last place, 22nd, to finish seventh.

For Decotis, it was an emotional night after leading for so long.

“This weekend was a tough result,” said Decotis. “I’ve been riding really good and I feel my time is coming. I executed the main event start perfectly and laid down 8 solid laps, I felt smooth and comfortable out front just hitting my marks and staying focused. Around lap 10 I suffered from a pretty bad cramp in my stomach I think from eating too close to the main event. I also had a few mental errors that cost me big. It was my first time leading multiple laps and I struggled a bit at the half way mark. I think I showed myself and this industry that once I figure out my 15 minute motos I can be a threat. I always thought I could win but last night showed me deep down that I have the ability to win a main event. I was extremely bummed after that race and I really have to thank my crew at GEICO Honda for keeping me positive. I know what to take from this night and I’m looking forward to getting some redemption in these next couple weeks.”

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Martin’s race was off to a rough start after a huge practice crash that sent him flipping over the tuff blocks that mark the course. He was lucky to escape unhurt, and might find himself quite popular via viral video due to the crash. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better off the start in the main event.

“Round 2 at Petco park in San Diego was a bit rough,” said Martin. “Qualified third fastest after a big get off in practice. Struggled in the main event due to some mistakes I made on the opening lap! I was so cranked up to get the start, once Josh Hansen went and hit the starting gate it moved and I smashed it. That was a big mistake. Then later in the lap, I lost the front right before the triple. I sent it in trying to pass someone and lost the front when I landed. From there I put my head down and charged my way from last to 7th place on the night. Looking forward to Anaheim 2.

The series returns to Anaheim this Saturday night, January 21st.

GEICO Honda Results

San Diego Supercross

January 14th, 2017

250SX

6. Jimmy Decotis
7. Jeremy Martin

 

 

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08 Jan, 2017

Martin, Decotis, Show Speed as GEICO Honda Begins 2017 Season

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Anaheim, CA (January 7, 2017) – The annual debut of Monster Energy Supercross, at a sold out Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, created the usual hype and nerves after four months of off-season anticipation. While GEICO Honda teammates Jeremy Martin and Jimmy Decotis didn’t get the results they hoped for, they have reason to think this season will be a good one. Martin finished sixth and Decotis ninth, which marked solid comebacks since they ended the first lap of the main event in 12th and 14th place, respectively.

Martin showed great speed in qualifying by logging the top spot in the 250SX class, three-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else. He grabbed the early lead and led most of his heat race before a few late mistakes let Shane McElrath catch him and then make a last-lap pass for the win. Martin was still looking to do some damage in the main event, but a mistake off the start set him way, way back. From there, he scratched and clawed his way forward. He got to seventh then won a duel with Dan Reardon to finish sixth.

“It was a bummer, didn’t get the start. That was the biggest thing, it’s not a matter of speed, fitness or anything else, it’s just a matter of execution, and I just didn’t get it [the start] tonight,” said Martin. “We started the day at A1 out great in practice logging the top spot in qualifying, and then felt solid in the heat race going into the main. But I made a mistake on the start in the main which affected my whole race. Ultimately, it made me just go into damage control! San Diego [round two] can’t come soon enough.”

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Decotis’ night started with a crash on the first lap of his heat race, and he was in salvage mode from there.

“This weekend was pretty stressful for me,” said Decotis. “I had two crashes in the heat race which sent me to the LCQ. I had a terrible gate pick for the main which resulted in a bad start. The track was really basic and hard to pass, I felt I laid down solid and consistent laps but the whole night snow balled from the bad heat race. I put myself in bad positions and it cost me my main event. I’ve been working so hard with my trainer Seth and GEICO Honda has put in so much work during the offseason. I feel we are much better than what the results say on paper. I’m looking forward to next weekend and getting back up to the front of the field.”

Round two of Monster Energy Supercross takes place this weekend, January 14th, at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

 

GEICO Honda Results
Anaheim 1 Supercross

January 7th, 2017

250SX

6. Jeremy Martin

9. Jimmy Decotis

 

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02 Sep, 2016

GEICO Honda Announces Two-Year Deal with National Champion Jeremy Martin

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Corona, California (September 1, 2016) – Team GEICO Honda announces the signing of two-time AMA 250 National Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin for the 2017 and 2018 professional supercross and motocross racing seasons. The deal will see Martin ride a Honda CRF250R in the 250 class for the 2017 season, and move to a Honda CRF450R full time in 2018.

“I’m very excited to finally announce I’ve signed a two-year deal with the GEICO Honda team,” says Martin. “They’re a proven, championship winning team and I’m excited to reach a new level on the 250 next year and continue the relationship through the 2018 season as a rookie 450 rider.”

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Martin, of Millville, Minnesota, won the 2014 and 2015 AMA 250 National Motocross Championships and has won 11 career AMA National Motocross races and four career AMA 250 Supercross events, along with collecting 12 supercross podiums finishes.

“Everyone at GEICO Honda is happy to have Jeremy Martin coming to our team,” says GEICO Honda Team Manager Mike LaRocco. “He has that burning desire to be great and I look forward to working with him. He’s a great addition to our team.”

Martin will now begin testing his new ride. He will make his racing debut with the team at the Glen Helen MXGP of the USA in the MX2 (250) class next weekend, September 10-11, in San Bernardino, California.

The full 2017 rider lineup for the GEICO Honda team will be announced at a later date.

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