Kevin Windham says he's done. After hanging on for more than half of the National MX season, Windham says he's raced his final outdoor moto of the year and won't be competing at Washougal, one of his favorite tracks, this weekend.
Windham's original plan was to ride the Supercross Championship for his GEICO Powersports Honda team and then get ready for the 2012 Supercross season, but when the factory Honda team offered him a ride to fill in for the injured Trey Canard and Josh Grant, Windham thought, what the heck, and continued on for the outdoors, where he finished fourth three times and was running fifth in the points standings, but 107 points behind 450-class championship leader Chad Reed.The 33-year-old Windham says the season has taken a toll on him mentally and has decided it's time to rest up and get ready for next year.Kevin Windham says his outdoor season is over.
"I would like to thank both American Honda Racing and GEICO Honda for allowing me the opportunity to fill in for Canard and Grant while they were on the mend," said Windham in a statement. "I would also like to thank all the fans at the races for cheering so loudly with every lap I raced. It was always factory Honda's plan to have me around until their riders came back. I got so overwhelmed by the warm reception I was receiving at all the nationals that I thought I could race them all. The racer inside of me wants to be behind every starting gate that drops. However, throughout the season it has become obvious to me why I stepped away from racing the Motocross Championship a few years back. I feel that I'm struggling through the grueling Motocross season and it's bringing me down mentally. Riding at less than 100 percent is a great way to bring on an injury. It is a must to always have your head in the game. I've had a blast at Motocross and now can start recharging my batteries for the 2012 Supercross season. I still want to focus on making 20 years as a professional racer by making it to 2014."American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe praised Windham's efforts throughout the Motocross season.
"Kevin has done a tremendous job for the team at the first seven outdoor rounds," said Kehoe. "I've always been a K-Dub fan and I'm proud of Kevin and his willingness to fill in on the factory team in times of need, even if it is on a part-time basis. The whole team has had a lot of fun working with Kevin. We respect his professional-life decisions about how and where he wants to focus his racing efforts, plus the fact he has a young family to take care of and a lot going on in his home life that requires much of his time and energy. We are fully supportive of his decision to now focus solely on training and preparing for the 2012 Supercross season."