Graeme Irwin retires

14 February 2019

Go Back Graeme Irwin, Maxxis ACU British MX1 Champion in 2017, has retired from racing after he was unable to recover from a serious wrist injury sustained at the final round of last year’s FIM Motocross World Championship.

The 27-year-old from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland broke his scaphoid and dislocated his wrist at Imola in Italy at the end of September. Despite a series of surgeries the injury has not healed sufficiently for him to feel able to compete in top-flight racing again.

“I have won everything there was to win on the domestic scene so I’m happy with what I’ve achieved,” said Graeme, who was due to start his second season racing for Roger Magee’s Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee team. “The sport has been so good to me. I will miss it so much and I owe so much of my success to Roger. I started my career with him and I have now ended it with him. I couldn’t have asked for a better team boss and friend.”

Roger led the tributes to his rider who he first unleashed on the Maxxis series in 2009.

“Over the years we have had many memorable moments both on and off the track which we will cherish in the years to come,” he said. “It is a massive blow to Graeme and the team but we must now both accept the reality and deal with the situation.

“From the bottom of our hearts we wish Graeme all the very best in the future in whatever career path he chooses. I know he will give it 100 per cent – as he always has done.”

His sentiments were echoed by KTM UK’s Managing Director Matt Walker.

“Obviously this has been a very difficult decision for Graeme to make,” he said. “We hoped he’d end his career with KTM but in 10 years’ time, not now. We wish Graeme well as he continues his recovery and hope he stays in the sport as he is a great asset to the world of motocross.”

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