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Eric Bataille calls it quits

Eric Bataille calls it quits

Eric Bataille calls it quits

Eric Bataille has retired from 250cc Grand Prix racing after a crash-strewn year and a career plagued by injuries. The Frenchman began racing in the 125cc class in 2001 but quickly earned a reputation as a crasher, hitting the deck thirteen times.

After a year in the French 250cc Championship, which he won, Bataille returned to the world stage in 2003 in the quarter-litre class but was again dogged by bad luck and misjudgement, crashing 16 times and scoring 28 points on his way to 19th in the championship.

Things got worse for Bataille in 2004, crashing 16 times in the opening twelve rounds of the season and he decided not to travel for round thirteen in Qatar. Today it emerged that the 23 year old would not be returning to the World Championship paddock.

"It's a tough decision but I've been thinking it over for the last few weeks," declared Bataille from his home in Andorra. "I have analysed the situation with my family and, even though motorcycle racing is what gives me the most pleasure in life, I haven't had much luck and the amount of crashes and injuries I've had have taken their toll.

"Maybe it's a bit soon to be announcing my retirement before the end of the season but I don't feel as though I am in the right psychological condition to race. My mind is not focussed and I don't have the confidence I need to be fighting for points in the last few races."

Bataille's place in the Wurth Honda BQR team has been taken this weekend by experienced Spanish rider David de Gea, who will stand in until the end of the season.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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