World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt Retires

andrew_pittAfter 15-years, Andrew Pitt has officially retired from racing. The two-time World Supersport champion announced today that he’ll be hanging up his helmet.

Pitt started his career road racing in Australia before joining the Autralia Supersport championship series. Pitt claimed the title in the Australian Supersport Championship series before moving on to the World Championship in 2000.

Pitt claimed his first World Supersport title in 2001. He won the championship again in 2008. In between he spent years in the MotoGP and World Superbike. Pitt’s most recent challenge was the British Superbike series. After an ill-fated crash at Brands Hatch in August, Pitt decided to retire from competition.

“When I first came to Europe in 2000 I could never have imagined I would spend 11 seasons racing in the World Championship,” Pitt said. “It really has been a fun ride and I have gained lots of great memories, as well as some painful ones, along the way. Winning the World Championships was something that I will have forever and never forget. And riding some of the best machines in the world has been incredible.”

“I will miss the good days on the podium for sure but I will continue to ride in testing and training roles, as well as pursue my motorcycle magazine and television work. I want to stay in the motorcycle industry and I still have the same passion for bikes now as I did when I was 10-years old.”

“I’d like to say a very special thank you to first of all my fans, who stuck with me in good years and not so good years. Also, my family, particularly my father Carl, have always been there for me and backed me in my racing, my personal sponsors who have stood by me always. Thanks also to all of the thousands of officials, marshals, medics, volunteers, mechanics, crew members and journalists that have helped me over the years”.

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