Tristan Charboneau was set to have a successful term in Europe, as he signed a deal with a Yamaha-supported team prior to the start of his EMX campaign and had a year of experience beneath his belt. A knee injury prior to round one left him in what could be described as an impossible position, unfortunately, and then no one heard from him after that. Now, Charboneau has taken to social media to announce his retirement from professional racing.
"This isn't something I want to post, but I have to so here it goes," Charboneau wrote. "I have had an awesome 16 years in this sport. Travelled all around the world, accomplished a lot of goals, seen a lot of amazing places and met a lot of amazing people that I will never forget. Motocross has been the only thing and most important thing to me all of my life, but I've come to realize that my body can't handle that stress anymore. Through all of the broken bones, torn muscles, ligaments, tendons etc. and always cutting injuries short to get back to racing.
"I have a lot of regrets with racing; I wish I would've worked harder," he continued. "I rarely worked out and when I did workout it was half ass. Always ate the worst food possible for myself as an athlete. I took the talent I had on a motorcycle for granted. I regret that very much. I've got a job now close to home as a Fabrication Welder, just trying to enjoy the real world for once.
"I just want to thank everybody that was always there for me through the good times and the bad times no matter what. My family for always being behind me with love and support. Huge thanks to the Woods family for giving me hospitality and training over the years. The Harrison family for always having my back and helping me out. The Irwin family for the hospitality and wrenching. John Wessling for always trying to push me with training, Mike LaRocco for believing in me and giving me the chance, Frausto, Moore, Bratcher and many more. It's been a great career. Thank you to you all."
Tristan Charboneau turned professional in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series two years ago, then moved to Europe to contest the EMX250 division with Bud Racing. Charboneau claimed two overall victories during his time in the European support class.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing