The 25-year old from Millville, Minnesota comes into the 2019 season in the process of transitioning into the 450SX on a full-time basis. 2018 was a huge leap for Martin as he began the AMA Supercross season on the 450SX circuit instead of the 250SX. The former AMA Motocross 250cc class champion looks to continue his progression heading into 2019 riding for GEICO Honda.
Martin began his professional career in 2012 competing in the AMA Motocross 250cc class and the AMA Supercross 250SX East Regional. He had a breakout season in 2014 when he took home the championship in the AMA Pro Motocross 250 championship in his third season competing in the class. He concluded the season with five wins, ten top-5 finishes, and never finished outside of the top-10. In addition, he had his best career finish in the AMA Supercross 250SX Eastern Regional by finishing the season in 10th place.
2015 would be another phenomenal year for Martin as he won a second consecutive AMA Pro Motocross 250 championship and finished 3rd in the AMA Supercross 250SX East. In the 250SX East races in which he started, Martin never finished outside of the top-5. A championship would elude Martin during the 2016 250SX East season as he finished 3rd for the second consecutive season. He secured victories at Daytona and St. Louis, but rocky finishes at Detroit and Indianapolis would hold him back from capturing his first career Supercross championship.
Martin made big transitions in 2017 as he prepared to elevate to the next level in the sport. He received a fantastic opportunity to make his AMA Supercross 450SX debut by being the fill-in rider for Ken Roczen. Martin surprised any naysayers there might have been with a 2nd place finish at Daytona. It would be his only appearance on the 450SX circuit during the 2017 season as he returned to the 250SX West. He would not compete again in Supercross for the 2017 season as he was held back by injuries.
Martin switched bikes in the 2017 season so he had to transition to a new team during the season. He previously rode a Yamaha over the duration of his career before switching over to a Honda that season. In 2018, Martin strived once again for an AMA Supercross 250SX East championship. His quest for a championship in the 250SX class would have to wait since an opportunity came that was too good to pass up. He had the opportunity to race in the 450SX class for the first three races of the season. Martin took full advantage of the opportunity and finished 11th, 10th, and 12th in the first three 450SX races of the season before returning to 250SX East. He concluded the 2018 season with two victories, eight top-5 finishes, and a 3rd place finish in the point standings.
Martin is not the only one in his family to be heavily involved in the world of motorcycle racing. His brother, Alex, also competes in the 250SX class alongside him. In addition, their parents are the owners of Spring Creek MX Park in Minnesota. The park hosts a stop on the AMA Pro Motocross circuit.
Jeremy Martin will aim to continue transitioning into full-time competition in the 450SX in 2019 after getting his feet wet with a handful of starts thus far in his career. It remains to be seen if he will focus more on establishing a foothold in the 450SX or attempt to capture a 250SX championship which he has narrowly missed on multiple occasions.
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