This is not news we hoped to hear, but it’s something that we had expected for the last few weeks. GEICO Honda has announced that Jeremy Martin will miss all of the 2019 race season, Supercross and motocross, due to ongoing issues from the back injury he sustained at the 2018 Muddy Creek Motocross. Martin has already undergone procedures to repair the burst fracture to his L1 vertebra, but per the press release, it becomes clear that damage was not healing correctly and that it will require another surgery plus rehabilitation period. The surgery will take place at the Steadman Clinic in Colorado, that same facility that covered Ken Roczen’s arm injuries (Roczen and Martin are both represented by Wasserman Agency, which has ties to the facility).
In positive news for Martin, GEICO Honda also announced that they have inked a contract extension that will keep Martin on the roster through 2021. This is the third deal between Martin and GEICO Honda, as he joined them in 2016 and signed an extension in 2017.
The press release is posted in full below…
GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin has received the bad news that the back surgery required after his huge crash at the Tennessee Motocross National in June was not successful. A new surgery has been scheduled for January at the Steadman Clinic in Colorado, and Martin will have to begin the entire rehabilitation process anew. Due to this, he will miss the entire 2019 racing season, with hopes to be back on a motorcycle in the third quarter of the new year.
Martin's GEICO Honda contract was set to expire at the end of the 2019 season, but the team has extended his deal through the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Martin, the winner of two supercross races in 2018, had five vertebrae fused to help heal a burst fracture in his lower back. Six months into his recovery, he had begun light training only to find out just 10 percent of the burst fracture had healed.
"The get this news was a complete kick in the gut," said Martin. "Racing is all I know and to sit out the entire 2019 season is going to be one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced. To have [team owners] Jeff [Majkrzak] and Ziggy [Rick Zielfelder] commit to me long-term proves they believe in me, and that motivates me to come back and overcome adversity. That's been the story of my career, though. Nothing has been given to me, I have worked and earned everything I've won. This will be no different."
Martin will return to racing for the 2020 season, and the GEICO Honda team wishes him the best during his surgery, rehabilitation and recovery.
With Martin on the sidelines, the 2019 GEICO Honda lineup will feature four riders. Christian Craig recently suffered a fracture in his thumb which moves him to the 250SX East Region of Monster Energy Supercross. Australian supercross rookie Hunter Lawrence will join him there, with RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton kicking off the 2019 season for the team at the 250SX West Region opening round at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on January 5th.