After much thought and deliberation i have decided that it is time for me to “hang up my boots” and stop riding trials at the highest level. The round of the World Championship in Japan 1 month ago was my last.
This decision has not been easy but i think it is the correct one. It has been no secret that i have struggled to get back to my previous level after my knee injury and to ride at the highest level you need to be 100% fit and 100% confident and at this point i am not.
I would just like to thank everybody who has helped me in the last 11 years of me riding World championship trials. I have had great support from various teams / bikes / people and cannot thank them enough, you all know who you are!
I will of course continue to ride in the UK for Gas Gas and ride as many trials as possible, i still enjoy riding my bike and i will try my best to return to my old level and to challenge for titles in the UK.
Yours in Sport ..
Pictures – Michael at his last WTC round in Japan
Picture Credits: www.trialmaguk.com