Rider: Martin Davalos
Team: Rockstar Energy Suzuki
Machine: Suzuki RMZ250 (#31)
Born: January 15, 1987 in Quito, Ecuador
Martin Davalos moved to America following a successful racing career in his home country of Ecuador in South America. The friendly import quickly found success in the AMA with the Star Racing Yamaha team in 2006.
His next move was to the factory KTM squad for three years where he struggled with some bad luck and injuries that derailed his efforts despite flashes of race-winning speed. Though capable of finishing on the podium, Davalos has yet to finish inside the top-five overall in a championship. The 2009 season was particularly difficult and he left switched from the Austrian bike manufacturer to his familiar Yamaha.
Again, 2010 has been a rollercoaster season. Ninth in the Eastern Supercross Lites, despite missing the second round in Atlanta, proves that he still has the speed to run up front in the 250 class. In his 2010 MX season Davalos had several notable finishes, including his results at High Point where he came in ninth and
Washougal where he took 10th. He completed the ’10 outdoor season in ninth, and overall he had his best season yet.
For 2011 Davalos will be riding a Suzuki RMZ250 aboard the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team, and will be joined by teammates Ian Trettel, Ryan Morais and Jason Anderson.
Davalos had a frustrating start to his 2012 SX Lites West campaign, taking 19th and 20th-place finishes in the first two rounds. Things started to improve slightly as the season wore on, but he didn’t gain real ground until the final two rounds where grabbed a third-place finish in Salt Lake City and a fourth in the finale in Vegas. Heading to the Outdoor Nationals, Davalos notched his season best finish in Moto 2 at Hangtown when he finished fourth. He made it through the following round at Freestone and then suffered a concussion that took him out of competition for five rounds. Once he returned, results were less than stellar and he ended the season 19th overall.
In 2013 Davalos will ride for Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki in the 250SX championship.
2012: 8th (WSX), 19th (250 MX)
2011: 9th (WSX), 9th (250 MX)
2010: 9th (ESX), 9th (250 MX)
2009: 13th (ESX), 27th (250 MX)
2008: 9th (ESX), 19th (250 MX)
2007: 11th (WSX), 9th (250 MX)
2006: 9th (ESX), 17th (250 MX)