Saiger announces retirement from road racing

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Isle of Man TT regular Horst Saiger has announced his retirement from racing at the age of 50.

The Austrian suffered a massive crash last summer and after getting back on his R1, has decided to call it a day.

“A week ago I rode at the Red Bull Ring, exactly one year after I suffered a huge crash at the Austrian track. Riding my R1 Yamaha, I felt much better than I had a month earlier at Brno,” said Saiger.

“But it also made me realize that I cannot ride to the level that would allow me to return to racing. My left leg and arm still need more time before they will be able to function fully again. I suffered a lot of pain in my arm when I was braking and steering the bike.

“Because of these physical limitations I believe it is time for me to stop racing. I am 50 now and my family deserve my attention, something I could not provide while I was racing.

“But it is still a tough decision to make and there has been many tears as I recall all the great times I have enjoyed competing around the world.”