At the conclusion of the 40th Annual Mini Olympics amateur races held at Gatorback Cycle Park in Florida, Dunlop-sponsored rider Jeremy Martin earned the Dunlop Silver Tire Award. Martin earned the award for being the top points-scoring A-class rider in a combined tally of Supercross and Motocross races at the Mini-O event. Young Jeremy took the overall win in the 250 A/Pro Stock class and earned an impressive 11 podium finishes during the course of the week. The Dunlop Silver Tire award has been given to the top scorer at the Mini-O’s for more than 20 years, and Martin joins a host of outstanding riders.
This year’s Silver Tire trophy was in fact a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork designed and created by renowned custom bike builder Jesse Rooke. Fittingly enough, Rooke himself came from a background in motocross racing during his early years.
“I was so surprised that I was the Silver Tire Award winner—I didn’t know what to say,” Jeremy later stated after accepting the honor. “The minute I first saw all the awards sitting on the table, I liked the Silver Tire Award best because it was such a cool design, and also because of all the past riders who had won it. When they handed it to me I couldn’t believe how heavy it was—I had a hard time holding it with one hand! It’s so cool to be honored this way, and I hope that one day I’ll be as successful as all of the other Dunlop Silver Tire Award winners!”