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Steve Martin: Aussie Joel Kelso is on the verge of making it big

Thursday, 28 October 2021

The Aussie will make a big impact on the sport.

The official Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode, featuring Former World Superbike, Grand Prix and World Endurance Championship rider Steve Martin.

Martin joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to wrap up a dramatic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano that saw Fabio Quartararo secure the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship, discuss the strength of the Australian Superbikes scene and Joel Kelso's ascension to the Moto3™ World Championship next year.


Marc Marquez is coming off the high of back-to-back wins and Martin believes we’re now seeing a more settled Marquez, following his season-ending crash last year.

“As you get older, as you get more injuries and you get a little more money in the bank your attitudes change. He’s a lot more mature than we have seen him,” said Martin.

“That was his mentality back then (2020) - I’m invincible, I can have the biggest crash in the world and I ain’t gunna get hurt. But when you’re sitting at home for virtually a whole year your mentality changes,” he continued.

Looking at Kelso’s performance, Martin says the 18-year-old is on the verge of making it big in the sport.

“He’s had to battle to get where he is and he deserves it. The reason he deserves it is the one thing in road racing is you can never give up,” said Martin.

“The big thing that he has done is he has been able to make the most of his opportunities … in the CEV to win races over there in that championship is just insane which has led to the really big opportunity he has got now.”

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.

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