Austrian road racer Horst Saiger, a regular competitor in the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, has announced his retirement.
His decision to quit comes a year after sustaining serious injuries in an accident on the Red Bull Ring track.
âI realize that I can’t drive at a level that would allow me to come back to racing,â Saiger said.
âMy left leg and arm still need more time before I can fully function again,â he added.
âA week ago I rode the Red Bull Ring and had a lot of pain in my arm when I was braking and steering the bike.
âDue to these physical limitations, I think it’s time for me to stop running.
âI’m 50 now and my family deserve my attention, something I couldn’t provide while I was running.
âBut it’s still a tough decision to make and there have been a lot of tears as I remember all the good times I’ve had competing around the world. I feel completely lost when I think about this. part of my life is now over. “
Saiger has had a varied career, excelling in short circuit racing as well as on public roads.
He competed in World Superbike races as a wildcard, achieving a best ninth result in Valencia in 2004.
Based in Liechtenstein in recent years, Saiger raced for Bolliger Team Switzerland for 12 years in the World Endurance Championship.
“The TT is unlike any other road race in the world”
He made his debut on the roads of the North West British Isles in 2012 and first competed in the TT in 2013.
His best result in the Northwest was a fourth place in a 2014 Superstock race with his best TT result a 10th place in the 2017 Superstock.
âThe TT is like no other race in the world and it will always be the best experience of my driving life,â said Saiger enthusiastically.
âFinishing second and third in the Classic TT Superbike races has been an incredible achievement for me and being on this podium is something I am very proud of.
“I have also raced 12 times at the Macau Grand Prix and have competed in the New Zealand Tri Series four times, winning my first attempt in 2014.”