Our Boy Cole Martinez had a crash at the 2018 Daytona Supercross that left him sidelined with a badly broken leg that required some serious hardware.
Before the crash, Cole was turning heads as he had just stepped up to the premiere class and hadn’t missed a main event since doing so.
We checked in with Cole over the healing months of his injury and got to find out all the details on the crash, what injuries he sustained, how the decision to keep racing wasn’t an easy one, and much more.
This weekend in Tampa FL marks the opening round of the 250 East Division in the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Series where Jordon Smith will be racing for the first time in 2020 aboard his newest ride with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and it reminded me of our shoot for GoPro & Troy Lee Designs Race Team we once did.
In late 2016 Jordon joined the Troy Lee Designs, RedBull, KTM Team, and with GoPro also being a big title sponsor, I was called up to do a video on the new recruit and his transition to the team.
Bummed he’s no longer on a GoPro Sponsored team but he’s in good hands and I am excited to see what he does on a PC bike this Saturday.
For now let’s take a trip down memory lane on this “Throwback Thursday”.
From GoPro Motosports YouTube:
Take a look at Jordon Smith’s race preparation for the 2017 Supercross season with his new ride on Troy Lee Designs.
With me hopping on an airplane tomorrow night to head to Oakland for round #5 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Series to do my usual thing for GoPro, it got me thinking about the past times I’ve been there on two wheels myself.
In 2011 I was riding for the Rock River Yamaha Team for the 1st of 2 years and got the call to ride press day a couple days before the race.
This was my 2nd year rocking a GoPro whenever they asked me to. I was blown away the first time I rode my personal Sx track in 2010 wearing one and saw how the footage looked. So anytime they asked if I wanted to race with one I was fully down. It’s paid off!
With GoPro HQ being not too far from Oakland some of the boys were on hand to shoot and edit a really cool video with Myself opening it up, followed by Weston Peick, & Austin Stroupe.
As far as the race goes, I was 16th fastest in the 450 class after session 1 but did a classic head plant in the larger than normal whoops (which were my strong point with being 6 foot 3 inches) and my head was ringing too much to line up that night.
But hey! At least there’s a cool video from press day.