Another one calls it quits. Joakin Furbetta, who raced for the Beddini KTM squad in MX2 in the FIM Motocross World Championship, has announced his retirement from the sport. Furbetta announced that his motivation is not quite where it once was in a lengthy social-media statement, which is below. The post has been translated from Italian.
“I never wanted to communicate what I am about to tell you now, at least not so soon. I have decided to retire as a professional driver. For a year now, running has not been the same for me anymore. I no longer have the same motivation. I no longer have that support from behind that makes me understand what I’m really worth and many times I look for advice but struggle to find it despite all of the great support, affection and advice from @DarioBeddini and @AuroraSantoni (my team) who are constantly present and part of my family. Together with them, however, I decided to stay in the field of motorcycles.
“In the next season I will be alongside Dario, to continue the project started in August 2019 with me as a driver. In the 2021 season we will follow a pilot in the EMX250 (soon we will tell you who it will be). I am very happy with the road I am taking, even though I know very well that I will miss getting into second gear on the grid of the MX2 world championship. That emotion is unparalleled, especially when there are people out there who respect you, who believe in you and show it by shouting and waving a flag as you pass. I heard you, there is no way to thank you enough. Thanks to all the sponsors.”
Furbetta may be not be a recognisable name to some, but he lined up in all but four of the MX2 rounds this term. Forty-fourth was his final ranking in the class – he scored three points across the season. All of the points came in the first moto at the Grand Prix of Italy, where he finished eighteenth.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer