When is the right time to quit rac­ing?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CAL­TON

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.

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