Racing is in the blood for Northern Irishman Martin Barr – his Dad, who raced roads and short circuits himself, bought Martin his first motorbike at the age of five, and Martin’s first race was at Desertmartin a year later. He progressed rapidly through the youth ranks, and was crowned 125 British Premier Champion at Desertmartin in 2004.
Since then, he has steadily matured to be competitive at adult level both in the British Championships and on the GP scene, and has been chosen to represent his country at the Motocross of Nations every year from 2005. In 2011, he finished third in the MX1 class of the British Championship and second in the MX1 class of the Red Bull Pro Nationals.
Martin now competes in the British MX2 Championship as part of the VMX Moto.com – Malin KTM team. In an injury-affected 2013, he finished eighth overall in the final standings, with a third place in the first moto of the season at Fat Cats, and a great performance at Desertmartin in round six, where he scored a 2-5-1 for a second place overall finish.
With the speed to contend for wins, hopes were high for 2014, but after finishing seventh in the first race of the first round at Landrake, he was taken out by another rider in race two, injuring his head and hip. Muscle and ligament damage meant he was in too much pain to continue with his day or to compete in any of the next four rounds of the competition.