Marty Smith was the first teen idol of motocross in the sport’s golden years. Boys young and old wanted to be Marty because he had the California surfer looks, the girls, the trick factory Honda’s and he put it all to good use with three National Championships.
In 1974 the AMA had started a National Championship for 125cc machines and a young rider from San Diego on a Swedish Monark motorcycle took the overall win at the season’s first race at Hangtown in Plymouth, CA. His name was Marty Smith (or Martin as his mom and wife call him) and he would join the powerful Team Honda and go on to win two 125cc National Championships in 1974 and 1975 setting his sights firmly on the big 500cc machines. He would win the 1977 500cc title before an injury in 1978 set the wheels in motion for an early retirement.
This is the Marty Smith story. Join Marty, his family, mechanics and competitors as they cover all the stories that made Marty Smith a legend. From his first rides at Carlsbad, to turning professional and winning his first championship it’s all there. His battles with Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, racing in Europe, working for Honda and moving on to Suzuki towards retirement. This is all the Marty Smith you’ve been waiting 35 years to watch.