News came out earlier today that GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin will be racing a 450 at the Daytona supercross for team Honda HRC. Martin is racing the 250SX West Championship, which is on a break right now, where he currently sits 9th in points. He will be filling in for injured Ken Roczen, who is most likely out for the rest of the year. There is no news yet as to whether or not Martin’s time with HRC will extend beyond the one race.
Here is the official press release 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.”
My Opinion: This is great new! Martin has had a rough go of it so far in 2017, getting horrible starts and suffering a concussion as well. He really hasn’t shown his true potential yet, so returning for a race like Daytona (which naturally suits him due to the motocross-like layout) is a great idea. I honestly think Martin could do well at this race too; anything within the top 10 would be impressive.
What I’m really hoping for is that he will also race a few other 450SX events after Daytona. He could benefit from extra track time I think, and he will DEFINITELY benefit from having the 450 experience; he’s moving up to the 450 class full-time next year, so the more track/bike time, the better!
Photo from Transworld Motocross by Casey Davis