CRUMP: TIMING IS RIGHT
Jason Crump says itâ€™s â€œabsolutely the right time for me to walk away from the Grand Prixâ€ as he ends his legendary SGP career in Torun.
04 / 10 / 2012, 10:02
Triple world champion Jason Crump says it’s “absolutely the right time for me to walk away from the Grand Prix” as he ends his legendary World Championship career in Torun on Saturday.
The Australian will go down as one of the SGP series’ all-time greats, and achieved an astonishing 10 straight seasons in the World Championship’s top three between 2001 and 2010.
But Crump knows all good things must come to an end and doesn’t see his swansong on the sport’s grandest stage as a sad day.
Itâ€™s maybe disappointing for some people and a surprise for others, but for me it seems like a natural step into the next stage of our lives, when speedway wonâ€™t be the dominating factor in everything. Itâ€™s just a change.
He said: “A lot of people have said my retirement from the Grand Prix is a sad occasion.
“It’s maybe disappointing for some people and a surprise for others, but for me it seems like a natural step into the next stage of our lives, when speedway won’t be the dominating factor in everything. It’s just a change. It’s not radically different; it’s just a change.
“It’s nice to hear people appreciate what you have done in your career. But time waits for nobody. People get older, people retire and new people come in. It’s absolutely the right time for me to walk away from the Grand Prix with the proud record I have. Hopefully people will remember that of me in the future.”
Crump will continue his league career in 2013 and says leaving the SGP series won’t allow him to sit back and take it easy during the off-season.
He added: “I don’t think this winter is going to be much different to what we normally do. During the first month or six weeks we’re back in Australia, speedway is quite honestly the last thing on my mind at the end of a busy season.
“I’ve got a couple of visits to the hospital to get a few things sorted out at the end of this year. The collarbone is one of the issues. I just want to get back to fitness and start doing some training.
“It’s not the end of my career. I’m still racing in Poland and Sweden, so it’s not like I’m sitting back and drinking 50 cans of beer every day.”
Crump can’t wait to strut his stuff for the last time in Torun. Despite being too far adrift of SGP series leader Chris Holder to win the World Championship, he says going into the meeting with no pressure on his shoulders should make for an enjoyable finale.
He said “I’m just looking forward to racing in another Grand Prix. Because it’s the last one of the year, it probably hasn’t really rung home that it’s going to be my last Grand Prix. But I’m fully aware that it is.
“I plan to go to Torun, do the best I can, race as hard as I can and enjoy the experience for the last time. I just look forward to doing the best I can on that day.
“I’m going there with the attitude that it’s the last Grand Prix of the year, the last one I’m going to race in, and it’s in a great stadium full of fans. I’ve really got no pressure on me because my World Championship career is going to be over. We’ll see what that brings on Saturday.”