Juha Salminen Retires
The final round of the 2013 Enduro World Championship in France will mark the end of an era as Juha Salminen retires from the sport.
As the greatest enduro rider of all time, Salminen’s decision to call time on his professional career will come as a shock to many. Despite being the elder statesman of the EWC paddock, the Finn can still mix it with – and beat – the very best.
Currently fighting for the runner-up position in the Enduro 1 class, it’s clear to see that Salminen is on top form and not lacking speed. But three decades of racing have took its toll on the Finn and the motivation to continue is no longer there.
“Enduro as a sport has given me a lot, but now it is time to move on to new challenges. I have set my life conditions via enduro so long that now it is time to do something else,” told Salminen.
“I had several offers on a table and could have continued my career without any issue. I have always done my work as well as possible and work itself has motivated me. For this reason I have been able to race so long at top level.
“At the moment I no longer want to commit on racing with full dedication and I want to direct my effort on new things. My personality does not allow me to stand still so I will figure out something else”
With 96 EWC race wins, eight world titles, two GNCC championships and seven ISDE victories Salminen has set a precedent in enduro that may never be matched. Combined with a character that is humble, grounded and always welcoming, Salminen will be sorely missed both on and off the track in the EWC.
Thanks for the memories Juha, it’s been a blast…