Martin To Ride A Triumph In GNC

Cycle News Staff | December 7, 2011

Pro Singles Flat Track Champion Mikey Martin will make the jump to the AMA Grand National Championship in 2012 and he’ll do so armed with a factory Triumph.

Martin will campaign his rookie season with the Bill Gately-led Bonneville Performance team.

“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.”

Martin’s ties with Triumph go way back – his grandfather was a Triumph dealer and his father is currently an AMA flat track promoter.

“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, according to the team release.

“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.”