Manluk/Rock River Yamaha/Merge
Racing Yamaha¬ís Alex Martin has announced he has made the decision to
out the last four rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship as he
recovers fully. He has had a tough year filled with injury after injury.
Martin was injured during the start of the 250SX West Region
championship of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, suffering a wrist injury and a
concussion (and his brother Jeremy in a weird, coincidence from separate
crashes, suffered a dislocated shoulder in a first-turn crash). He came back to
compete in two more main events before suffering a fractured carpal bone in the
Arlington 2 Supercross, which kept him out for the remainder of supercross.
The #26 finished 19-16 for 18th overall at the Fox Raceway 1
National before he had a big crash during qualifying for the Thunder Valley
National. The crash left him with a broken right arm (compound radius and ulna
break), and it appeared his season would be over. (Strangely, his brother
Jeremy also had a separate crash that left him injured as well.) Somehow,
A-Mart returned to riding only 26 days after the surgery and set his sights on
racing his home race (literally) the Spring Creek National in Millville,
Minnesota. Just as he set out to, Martin made the gate drops for his home
race. Unfortunately, he had a mechanical issue with the machine that hindered
his results in moto one and a crash caused him to claw back from dead last in
moto two. However, it was incredible to see him back in action only 42 days
after breaking his arm in Colorado.
Well just when things were starting to look good, the
championship had two weekends off where Martin could rest and recover before
the Unadilla National. Then more bad luck struck when he crashed in the second
moto and re-injured the same wrist he injured during
supercross. Martin took to Instagram this morning to explain the injuries and
how they have kept him from training properly, which led to his
decision to sit out the remainder of Pro Motocross.
Martin finished a season-best 18th overall at both the opening round Fox
Raceway 1 National (19-16) and the Washougal National (15-19). Through eight
rounds, Martin sists 25th in the 250 Class standings with 19 points.