Thursday, 6 September 2018

ROBBO CALLS IT A DAY thumbnailPaul Robinson pictured with his son Max after one of many wins throughout his career.

BALLYMONEY road racer Paul Robinson has announced that he is to retire from the sport at the end of the season after an illustrious career spanning a quarter of a century.
Robinson, who is affectionately known within racing circles as 'Robbo',  said he would be ending his association with the sport for family reasons.
The decision follows a year of hardship for road racing that has witnessed the untimely deaths of  James Cowton as well as up-and-coming rider, Adam Lyon.
 Robinson is no stranger to tragedy on a family level. The Ballymoney man lost his father, Mervyn Robinson, to the  North West 200 in 1980, while in July his cousin, William Dunlop, was killed during free practice at the Skerries 100 near Dublin.
All of these setbacks forced a re-think, says Robinson. "My main reason for quitting the sport was my wee boy, Max," he told Chronicle Sport.
“Road racing is getting very dangerous and there have been too many accidents recently, so I'm not prepared to take the chance any more.
“My main fear is getting caught up in something outside of my control like, like an accident happening in front of me, or a bike seizing or something.
“William's death affected me big time, to be honest I felt like packing it in immediately.
“The  circumstances surrounding William's death were just awful. The fact he left behind a  young daughter and Janine [his partner] had a second baby on the way made it so horrible for us all to deal with.
“I thought about it and I decided I wanted to do myself some justice and finish off the season before calling it a day."


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