Christophe Pourcel endured a difficult season, as he started off with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in Monster Energy Supercross. The decision was then made to relocate him to Canada, however, as he struggled to crack the top fifteen. Once up north Pourcel won five rounds and challenged for the title, but ultimately lost out by just five measly points. The former world champion has now announced his retirement from professional racing. His statement, which was released on social media, can be viewed below.
Well, today is the day, I am pleased to announce my retirement from racing. It’s all I’ve ever known, but I have been so blessed and fortunate to race all around the world in front of many fans and to work with many great companies. From racing GP’s, winning a world championship, then coming to America, two super cross championships, winning races… and now finding a new life here in the states, racing has given me so much. Those good times don’t come without tough times, from my paralyzing accident in 2007, internal injuries, countless collar bones, to my most recent neck fractures… I’ve had my fair share of injuries but I’m happy to walk away happy and healthy. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life away from racing. I’ve sacrificed so much in life, things that are normal for most people, to dedicate my life to racing and training. I want to enjoy this time now with my wife, family, and friends and to say THANK YOU to all the great people and companies that have supported me throughout my career and to the fans who have enjoyed watching me race. It’s been a tough decision, I know I can still be competitive but my body has said enough with the injuries!! I’m 29 and have so much more life to live. Again thank you all and see you around!! ✌🏼
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Simon Cudby