Motorcycle legend Chris Carr has announced his retirement from racing at the end of the 2011 season - though he hasn't ruled out the possibility of a few sporadic runs in the future.
The 43-year-old rider broke onto the AMA racing scene in 1985, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. He went on to become one of the winningest riders in the sport's history, capturing seven AMA Grand National Championships over his long career.
"It is never an easy decision to give up doing something you truly love to do," he told the Cycle News. "I look forward to my last full season of competition. Beyond 2011, I wish to continue the winning tradition of Chris Carr Racing with one of the many up and coming racers on the circuit. I may decide to run a few selected events in the future, but only if I really need to scratch that racing itch."
Carr has had a diverse career beyond his AMA races. He set several land speed records onboard a variety of vehicles at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He also had a minor stint as a superbike racer when Harley-Davidson had a team, becoming the only rider to ever achieve a podium finish on a Harley superbike.
Most recently, Carr has founded a racing team, Chris Carr Racing Motorcycles, which he says he will devote most of his time to after he stops competition.