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Aussie star Dave Watt has announced his retirement from speedway.

26 / 04 / 2017, 11:31

Aussie star Dave Watt has announced his retirement from speedway.

The Townsville-born racer lost his spot at Rye House last week after an indifferent start to the season.

And the Rockets will be his last British club after Watt confirmed the news on social media this morning.

Feel happy and very grateful for the time and experiences I've had. Thanks for the memories.

Dave Watt

He posted on Twitter: “Announcing my retirement from racing. Feel happy and very grateful for the time and experiences I've had. Thanks for the memories.”

Watt insists he’ll see out the season with Polish First Division club Rzeszow if required. But he admits this announcement lifts a burden from him.

He said: “I’m relieved to be honest. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. I feel like I have been carrying this burden for a little while and I was even scared to say I was retiring. To even say it out loud was quite scary.

“Now that I have, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I’m relieved.”

Watt insists he still loves the sport, but accepts he no longer enjoys the competitive side of the job.

He said: “I just have no motivation to do it anymore. I love the sport and all that, but I’m just sick of racing to be honest. I quite like riding my bike, but as far as racing goes, I’ve had enough of it.

“I got back here this year and I haven’t enjoyed any of it. The only time I have enjoyed anything to do with speedway was in the workshop with my mechanic, just playing with the bikes.

“I haven’t enjoyed any of my time on the bike this year and it shows. I just thought ‘I’ve had enough; I’m just not interested in doing it anymore.’

“I’m a man of my word. I’ll do what I have signed up to do. If I can get a ride in Poland, that’s fine. But I certainly won’t be taking on anymore meetings than I have to do. Everything that’s here will be sold and everything I have in Poland will be sold at the end of the year.”

Watt plans to find a new role in the sport, and will stay in the UK for a while yet to perform his most important job of all.

He said: “As it stands right now, I’ll stay here for a little while and make sure my kids, Madison and Harley, grow up and I can be a father to them while they’re still growing up. I’ll take that role on and be around a bit more for that.

“I would love to stay within the sport. I’d love to stay involved. I still love the sport. It’s not as if I’ve fallen out of love with it. I still love riding the bike. I’m just sick of racing it and all the pressure that comes along with it and all the pressure I put on myself.

“I’m not exactly sure what I am going to do right now, but if I can stay involved in the sport somehow, I certainly would like to. I need to find something to do now. I’m just not sure what that is.”


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