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Dirk Heidolf announces retirement from racing

Dirk Heidolf announces retirement from racing

Veteran 250cc competitor Dirk Heidolf has announced his retirement from racing after five full seasons in the quarter litre class.

Veteran 250cc competitor Dirk Heidolf has announced his retirement from racing after five full seasons in the quarter litre class.

Not featured on the entry list for the 2008 season, the German quickly confirmed that he would not be taking any further part in the World Championship as a rider with a press conference at Sachsenring.

"This is the hardest day of my life. This decision is not easy, but personally I have to say that I have reached the point where I cannot continue the same way," stated Heidolf on December 21st.

"I am tired of explaining all the time what went wrong. I want to thank my team and my sponsors for all the support they gave me over the past few years and say that I really appreciate it, but this is the day that I say goodbye to active racing and look forward to new responsibilities in my life."

Those responsibilities will include a new role as Team Manager of Racing Team Germany in the Europa Cup's 250cc class. Aiming to run the team in select wild-card World Championship appearances, Heidolf may yet return to the MotoGP paddock as a peripheral figure in 2008.

"You might see me on a test bike from time to time, and maybe also in the paddock, but not as a professional rider anymore."

Tags:
250cc, 2008

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