The flat track phenom who raced his way to the 2011 AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com Pro Singles championship, Mikey Martin, is on his way to the Grand National circuit in 2012 as Triumph’s factory rider.
Martin starts his rookie season with the Bonneville Performance team put together by Bill Gately, who has been racing and perfecting the big British twin for several years. “What drew us to Mikey is that he’s a talented, aggressive rider who’s also smart,” Gately said. “He only wants to ride in front, and that’s the kind of guy you’re looking for. He’s already a champion. Plus, he has a great personality and knows how to present himself off the track as well as on.”
Despite his youth, Martin has a long pedigree in racing – and connections to Triumph. His father was a racer and currently is an AMA flat track promoter. His grandfather was a Triumph dealer who sponsored a number of riders in the late 60s and early 70s.
“Joining the Bonneville Performance team and becoming the factory rider for Triumph is a huge honor, and the perfect fit for me,” said Martin. “Bill Gately has built an incredible machine. They’ve had their hand on every part of this bike and there’s nothing they haven’t improved. Their level of commitment and dedication is impressive. I’m excited to be on the bike and looking forward to a great season.”
Bonneville Performance launches the 2012 campaign as the factory team for Triumph. “Triumph is returning to its racing heritage,” Gately said. “Clearly the brand is committed again to racing and we’re proud to be working closely with them to bridge their rich legacy of the past to the present.”