Ricky Dietrich and the CH Racing-Husqvarna enduro race team part ways. Photography By: Jonty Edmunds
Ricky Dietrich, who has been living in Italy and competing in the FIM World Enduro Championship in Europe, says he's leaving the tour and is heading back home to California for personal reasons.
Dietrich, a former WORCS and AMA EnduroCross Champion, was a member of the CH Racing-Husqvarna enduro team, but, according to a statement from his management, the doors are open for him to return.
Below is the release from Dietrich's management -
The CH Racing-Husqvarna enduro race team & management for Ricky Dietrich have announced today that they have both come to a mutual agreement that allows for Ricky to step away from his racing obligations at this time.
Despite his very comfortable and competitive situation in Italy with the Husqvarna family, he would like to step away from racing for an indefinite period so that he can focus on some personal matters back in the USA.
This is in no way a reflection on the team, the bike, or life in Italy. "Everything provided for me here in Italy could not have given me a better opportunity to succeed...I genuinely enjoyed my life in Italy, the bike, the team, & my teammates are the best I've ever had," according to Dietrich.
It should also be noted that this is not a legal or financially based decision. It is a family matter of personal nature that Dietrich feels would be best handled without the pressures of racing at this time. When Ricky is both mentally and physically 100% focused on racing again, the plan is to return to racing aboard his Husqvarna.
A special thank you to the CH Racing & Husqvarna family as well as Ricky's personal sponsors Brux & RynoPower for being compassionate in understanding these most recent decisions.
As well as a show of gratitude to the international enduro media that helped work with us and promote/encourage his step up to the Enduro World Championships.