We can’t talk about Alex without bringing up the
white elephant in the room—his stature. At 5-foot- 4 and
135 pounds, Alex isn’t exactly imposing; however, what
he lacks in size he more than makes up for in heart. A
predator on the track, Martin rides with a raw aggression that sets him apart. There’s a reason Alex has
found success in racing, and it all stems from the beating muscle in his chest.
THE MECHANIC: BILLY HARTLE
In Billy’s words, “I met Alex Martin in 2012 when I
started working at Eleven10 Mods. We became good
friends rather quickly. Back then, the whole Eleven10
crew lived together, so I’m sure that sped up the pro-
cess [laughter]. From then on, I have been working with
Alex, and it’s always a good time, even through the ups
and downs. I think that a good and positive relationship
between rider and mechanic is key to having success,
and I think we have that. Alex is pretty easygoing and
almost always tries to make the best out of any situa-
tion. He is a very hard worker, maybe one of the tough-
est that I’ve worked with.
“Alex isn’t one of the pickier guys I have dealt with,
but week to week, regardless if the front end of the
bike was touched, he always has to move his controls
around. He’s constantly wanting to check his bars and
levers, as well as the clickers and sag on his suspension.
Other than that, he isn’t too picky.
“One thing about Alex is that he lacks a little bit in
the leg department. Something unique to our bike is that
we run an adjustable subframe and slightly taller footpegs. The guys over at JGR have developed solutions to
compensate for Alex’s height. It’s really cool that they
can do those things for us, and it helps Alex a lot by
Alex Martin’s Joe Gibbs Racing-tuned engine package
is explosive and requires an aggressive riding style to
maximize its potential. You can send your engine to JGR
and they will build you a race-spec powerplant. The Rock
River team benefits from having race-ready plug-and-play
engines, along with trackside support.