ROAD TO THE RANCH: COLT MARTIN
Colt Martin has only competed at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship on three different occasions, but the young rider out of Alabama has maintained a steady run of form at the Ranch throughout the last few years. He debuted in 2017 in the 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited class, showing speed that put him on pace with the top five. Martin finished in 5th position in both of the first two motos but a challenging third moto put him out of contention for the podium. Nonetheless, the Cobra rider bounced back in a big way the following season as he showed up to Loretta Lynn’s in the 51cc (4-6) Special Limited class, winning all three motos in commanding fashion on his way to the title. Martin made the move up to the 51cc (7-8) Limited class last year and immediately made an impact towards the front of the field, earning an impressive 5th place overall finish. Although he’s mixing it up in the younger 65cc divisions this season, his main focus is in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class and he’s poised to be battling for the championship when the gate drops at Loretta Lynn’s. He started the season off with some solid results at Supercross Futures and a couple of podiums at Spring A Ding Ding before coming out of the lockdown with two overall podiums at the Muddy Creek Southeast Youth Regional. Martin has been working hard at Georgia Practice Facility and he’s ready to see it all pay off next week in Hurricane Mills.
How’d the Regionals go?
Regionals were good. I was able to get my ticket in 51cc (7-8) Limited and 65cc (7-9) Limited. I finished 2nd in (7-8) and 3rd in 7-9).
What’s a typical day of training been like for you getting ready for Loretta’s?
I have been training at Georgia Practice Facility preparing for Loretta’s. We have been working on sections and doing two-lap sprints. Also, we have been doing twenty-minute motos. GPF has an awesome turn track that I enjoy working on!
Do you have a pre-race routine?
Before a race, I like to stretch and get my heart rate up.
How do you recover after a twenty-minute moto in the brutal heat and humidity?
I like to sit in front of a fan and drink water. We have had some brutal days training but it has helped condition me for Loretta’s. The good thing about living in the south is you get used to the heat and humidity. I feel like it helps me with racing.
Is there one specific year at Loretta’s that stands out as the most memorable for you?
I have had some awesome memories at Loretta’s but the most memorable was 2018 when I went 1-1-1 to win the 51cc (4-6) Special Limited class. I’m ready to make more memories this year.
What do you think is the key to success at the Ranch?
Training hard and focusing on your goals. It’s important to have a little fun and unwind, too!