When is the right time to quit racing?
Loitering around the office teamaking facilities, I overheard a lady talking about retiring. She said she was nervous and not sure what she was going to do, despite working here for over 30 years and being slightly advanced in age.
It seemed like a difficult decision, despite having worked in a pretty mundane environment for a long period of time and surely with good times ahead. It made me think how tough that decision would be for a 45-year-old, highly successful motorcycle racer like John Mcguinness. The thrill of taking a bike to its very limit – and often beyond – around the toughest racetrack on earth – is hard to replace. No wonder he’s struggling to call it a day, no matter how bad his injuries are.
Of course, the man is no mug – far from it and whatever decision he makes will be right for him and, therefore, right for everyone else – even though we’d love to see him go on forever.
It’s always difficult for a bike racer to hang up their leathers as they are often still quite young and find it hard to replace the rush. Valentino Rossi is facing a similar conundrum and he’s positively juvenile at 38.