Multiple-time champion exits sport with Brisbane DNF.
Jay Marmont’s career may have ended with a non-finish inside the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday night, but the eight-time national champion has no regrets in announcing his retirement.
The 31-year-old Wollongong racer was unable to get going again after crashing during the 20-lap SX1 main event, bowing out after a mixed Australian Supercross season with Penrite Honda.
With a pair of podiums to his credit at Phillip Island, Marmont was pleased with his performances on board the CRF450R, despite a run of bad luck at Bathurst and Brisbane resulting in fifth overall for the season.
Now, with a legendary status in the sport, Marmont faces the next chapter in life and is currently assessing opportunities moving forward before making and concrete decisions on his future.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished everything that I wanted to in my career and I’m comfortable with that,” Marmont told MotoOnline.com.au. “The idea to race next year was there, but I just think I need a bit of time away from it now and work out the next chapter.
“At this point I won’t be racing at all next year, so yeah, it’s time to move on. I was able to develop a new relationship with Penrite Honda in supercross and that was fun – I hadn’t had too many moves in my career, so it was exciting to race the Honda and work with a good bunch of people in the team.
“Bathurst really hurt us to start the season, then Phillip Island was awesome with a couple of podiums, and Brisbane just didn’t go to plan. My speed was there, everything felt good, but I came together with Gibbs coming through the pack and that was the end of it.
“Mind you, I was able to overtake Mossy and Sam Martin – two guys that finished on the podium up front – so I feel like my form was good, but it didn’t pay off. I’m putting it behind me now though, just reflecting back on my years of racing and enjoying it.”
While Ben Townley has dabbled in select events since retirement as part of the Penrite Honda program, Marmont hasn’t yet decided if he will line up at any rounds of motocross or supercross in 2015.
“I’ve always enjoyed racing, but we will see what’s on the cards,” Marmont added. “I’ve got a few things being discussed, but right now it’s up in the air what I’ll be doing after racing, so we will see what happens. The plan is to definitely stay involved in the sport and stay on the bike a lot, possibly in a coaching role or otherwise.”
It remains unconfirmed if Marmont’s younger brother Ryan will continue racing next season or instead focus on his Wollongong-based performance business, MX R&D.