Last night, long-time Supercross and Motocross racer Martin Davalos announced his early retirement from racing.
The 34 year old Ecuador native suffered a crash during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Salt Lake City press day resulting in a concussion and a broken collarbone. Davalos stated he was due to retire after the end of this supercross season, but this has put an early finish on his career.
“Here it is guys. I am sitting here with my eyes tearing up thinking about how amazing my career has been,” said Davalos.
“How I came to the states when I was 15 years old, alone and as a nobody from such a small country. I left my family behind to do what I loved the most which was to race my motorcycle. I am so grateful that my family sacrificed so much to help my dream come true, I am proud of all I’ve achieved.
‘With that being said, I have decided it is time for me to hang my boots up and step away from racing. My plan was to retire after the last round but unfortunately during press day today I had a crash that caused a broken collar bone and concussion. This career has been full of highs and lows but I have accomplished things I never thought or dreamed of doing and I’m so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to do so.
“There have been so many who have helped me along the way and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making an impact in my career. To all the fans that have followed my career over these last 15 years thank you for your support it means the world to me. And the Asterisk medical unit for always taking care of me. I am looking forward to new beginnings.”