Jeremy Martin Signs Two-Year Contract Extension with GEICO Honda

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9/22/2017 4:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2017 4:25 PM

Corona, California (September 22, 2017) – Team GEICO Honda announces an extension with two-time 250 National Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin for the 2018 and 2019 season, with Martin piloting the all-new Honda CRF250R in supercross and motocross, while also hopping on a factory Honda HRC CRF450R in select 450SX rounds.
Martin originally planned to move to the 450 class full-time with GEICO Honda for 2018, but has decided to continue his development on a 250.

“I’d say there are two reasons why I decided to stay in the 250 class,” says Martin. “The first one is really results—we had a good year and I finished second outdoors, but I want to do even better. I want to win more races and championships so when I move up to the 450 full-time I’m coming in with a lot of momentum. It was a big learning year working with a new team and a new bike and I really like the people over at GEICO Honda—I’m excited to keep working with them. The second reason is the new Honda CRF250R. I haven’t ridden one yet but I’ve heard it has a lot of the same characteristics of the CRF450R I raced at the Daytona Supercross. As soon as I hopped on that bike, I was comfortable immediately. From what I’ve heard the new 250 is very similar, if not even better. So I’m really looking forward to racing that bike.”

Martin will begin testing the new 2018 CRF250R next week in California, and he is also scheduled to go to Japan to race the bike in a round of the All-Japan Motocross Championships in October.

Last year Martin raced in the 450SX class at the Daytona Supercross. He pulled the holeshot in the main event and finished a strong second in his first-ever 450 supercross. His 2018 he will once again hop on a CRF450R 450 for select races on the opposite of his designated 250SX coast.

“I had so much fun on the 450 at Daytona last year and I can’t wait to race some more races on it,” Martin says. “Will definitely get me a lot of experience. When I do move to the 450s full-time and have to race twice as many races against even stiffer competition, I want to be as ready as I can be.”

“We’re excited to have Jeremy back to race the all-new CRF250R for 2018,” says GEICO Honda Team Manager Dan Betley. “I got to know him last year and he’s a great guy and obviously a hard worker. We’re going to be ready to run up front all year.”

The full GEICO Honda lineup for 2018 features Martin, Christian Craig, RJ Hampshire, Chase Sexton and Cameron McAdoo.

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9/22/2017 4:26 PM

I was really looking forward to him racing outdoors on a 450. I don't understand how he hasn't pointed out of sx yet?

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9/22/2017 4:40 PM

Darn. I was really hoping he was going to move up.

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9/22/2017 4:43 PM

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9/22/2017 4:51 PM

I know he's eligible to race the 250 outdoors since there's no pointing out rule but what about supecross? Has he not pointed out yet? Will he point out after the 2018 season?

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/22/2017 4:52 PM

Very $mart move

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9/22/2017 4:54 PM

Well deserved. Looking forward to seeing him ride the new 18 CRF250r model in the outdoors next year.

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

9/22/2017 4:55 PM

No point in staying in the 250 MX class anymore.

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9/22/2017 4:56 PM

Steve Lamson 2.0

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9/22/2017 4:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2017 4:58 PM

Park Boys wrote:

No point in staying in the 250 MX class anymore.

A couple of commas after the dollar sign by staying in the 250 class though.

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9/22/2017 4:58 PM

Park Boys wrote:

No point in staying in the 250 MX class anymore.

Other then making money?

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9/22/2017 5:01 PM

Woohoo, another year racing the youngsters and getting paid huge

Assuming he does west coast and hits Daytona on the 450 for sure, probably thinks he can take the 1w from Hill/JGR and I guess I don't blame him

Hopefully he can keep it on two more often than he did this year

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9/22/2017 5:02 PM

with 2 outdoor titles in the 250s, I wish he'd move up. maybe just looking for a sx title but feel like he should challenge the big boys. I think he would be a threat.

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9/22/2017 5:21 PM

Staying in the 250s seemed to help the MooseCan

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9/22/2017 5:58 PM

People complain about this but then bitch that the 23 yr old rule in GP's is killing the class.

Can't have it both ways.

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9/22/2017 6:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2017 6:07 PM

everyone everywhere needs to kill the 250 class rule...............its a "pro" series and class, if some can use as development and grooming great, if not whey it is.............hate to say it but look at nascar......some use it as a stepping stone, others use it as a way to make a living and extend the career.............time to take away all the black curtains

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9/22/2017 6:09 PM

The ultimate sandbagger

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

9/22/2017 6:11 PM

Adam43 wrote:

Steve Lamson 2.0

Hmmm. Now that you mention it. wink

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9/22/2017 6:41 PM

Park Boys wrote:

No point in staying in the 250 MX class anymore.

I really don’t get some of the bagging on him about how “long” he’s been in the series, especially if you compare him to Alex...but Alex has really come around in just the last few years.

Personally, I think Jeremy has some unfinished business in the 250 SX class...and that we haven’t seen the best of him there yet.

I’d talked with him a bit this summer, and he was pretty frustrated. He didn’t want to go out of the 250 class like that. Combine that with Honda really wanting someone to represent on the new bike, and you’ve got where we’re at.

I’ve said it a few times before, but a moto career is a one-way path with a cliff at the end. You don’t need to run towards the cliff.

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9/22/2017 6:41 PM

tempura wrote:

The ultimate sandbagger

Please.

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9/22/2017 6:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2017 6:46 PM

tempura wrote:

The ultimate sandbagger

GuyB wrote:

Please.

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

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9/22/2017 6:47 PM

Lack of 250SX title is a big thing eating away at him and his future as 450 rider; you can't be a factory rider if you're just "meh" at SX.

And, in 2017, couldn't have been much worse. He's now got the newest bike in the pits, and pretty much most advanced up there with the KTM now.

Biggest issue is Honda doesn't have enough of the bikes right now. I know we're still 2.5 months away, but with anything new, they will need to make new parts, figure out what it does and doesn't respond to, etc.

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9/22/2017 7:09 PM

tempura wrote:

The ultimate sandbagger

I beg to differ. Pretty sure there's a certain guy that was finally on a 450 this summer that recently signed a 250 deal with PC Kawasaki.

He makes for a very strong case for the ultimate sandbagger if there ever was one.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/22/2017 7:41 PM

tempura wrote:

The ultimate sandbagger

GuyB wrote:

Please.

dadofagun wrote:

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

9/22/2017 7:49 PM

GuyB wrote:

Please.

dadofagun wrote:

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

tempura wrote:

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

Herlings had 450 deals thrown at him, Jeremy has to stay on a 250 to stay on factory equipment

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9/22/2017 8:01 PM

GuyB wrote:

Please.

dadofagun wrote:

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

tempura wrote:

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

I think you need to differentiate between the staff of Vital, and people who post on Vital.

Big difference.

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9/22/2017 8:02 PM

tempura wrote:

The ultimate sandbagger

Pretty ignorant comment. Even if he wins every 250 title for the next 2 seasons, he'll still be younger than Zach Osborne is right now. Get over the age/sandbagging bit, it's played out and these guys are racing professionally.

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9/22/2017 8:06 PM

dadofagun wrote:

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

tempura wrote:

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

GuyB wrote:

I think you need to differentiate between the staff of Vital, and people who post on Vital.

Big difference.

Yet, you let it go on in the past, un governed?
As I said, selective thought processes.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

9/22/2017 8:20 PM

dadofagun wrote:

Agreed. Calling him a sandbagger is a dick move....

tempura wrote:

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

GuyB wrote:

I think you need to differentiate between the staff of Vital, and people who post on Vital.

Big difference.

I think numbnuts is talking about the Vital brain trust. Not it's moderators

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9/22/2017 8:41 PM

tempura wrote:

Vital continually bagged Herlings for it, so if it's good enough for one, it's good enough for another.
Selective thought processes...

GuyB wrote:

I think you need to differentiate between the staff of Vital, and people who post on Vital.

Big difference.

aroark247 wrote:

I think numbnuts is talking about the Vital brain trust. Not it's moderators

Exactly, you genius.
Forgive my malice, but yeah, I kinda baited the community with that comment. I find it amusing how certain riders or topic will be shut down by the community and staff, while other are left to run wild.
That's why I mentioned Herlings, because it's clearly a prime example.

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