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April 25th, 2008, 04:08 AM   #1
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We are currently at Assen ... round 4 of the World Superbike championship!

It's early days, and I'm (probably) being very premature here, but ... when was the last time a motorcycle world champion retired after winning a world championship (voluntarily)?

I have been following road racing for a long time, but I can't ever remember a world champion retiring with the #1 plate ... Troy Bayliss is odds on to do it in 2008!
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April 25th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #2
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Good question







(Can you guess I put a dumb answer and tried to cover it up with an edit?)
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April 25th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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not WSBK i know, but Doohan did it, must be an aussie trait!

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April 25th, 2008, 07:27 AM   #4
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (BigAl @ Apr 25 2008, 01:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>not WSBK i know, but Doohan did it, must be an aussie trait!

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That was injury forced though
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April 25th, 2008, 07:50 AM   #5
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That's what I put then realized the question said voluntarily.
Fogarty and Rainey could also have been put in the answer.
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April 28th, 2008, 09:02 AM   #6
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well if he follows thru with the retirement it's gotta be a first. he might recieve an offer he can't refuse tho at the end of the season. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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April 29th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #7
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The only person I can think of was Alain Prost and that was obviously 4 wheels not 2.
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April 30th, 2008, 03:31 AM   #8
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I reckon Rossi would like to go out as champion when he finally decides to call it a day.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (krusty @ Apr 25 2008, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>We are currently at Assen ... round 4 of the World Superbike championship!

It's early days, and I'm (probably) being very premature here, but ... when was the last time a motorcycle world champion retired after winning a world championship (voluntarily)?

I have been following road racing for a long time, but I can't ever remember a world champion retiring with the #1 plate ... Troy Bayliss is odds on to do it in 2008!

It's good to retire when you are holding No 1 plate.. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
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Seems this topic could turn out to be premature after all.. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
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