News 19 Nov 2016

CDR Yamaha's Hollis calls time on professional racing

Multi-time Australian champion announces retirement following A4DE.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Multi-time Australian off-road champion Chris Hollis will retire from professional racing following today’s final day of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four-Day Enduro.

The 32-year-old, who will continue his newly-appointed role as a sales consulter in Port Macquarie, reflected on the experiences and memories he has made in the past 20 years of his career.

“It will be a day of mixed emotions for me as racing has played such a huge part of my life and there are so many aspects that I will miss,” Hollis explained. “The friends made along the way, seeing places you wouldn’t normally go and being able to see the world with the freedom of riding a motorcycle are all things that mean the most to me.

“But I feel the time is right to step down from racing at this level and explore other options in my life, so I’m excited to see what the future brings.

“I would like to thank so many people who have been a part of my racing over the last 20 years. The teams and sponsors I have raced for, my family and friends for their continued support and the hundreds of people that made racing fun.”

Hollis’ career has seen him win two AORC titles, one A4DE championship and he has also represented Australia at the International Six-Day Enduro on six separate occasions.

The New South Welshman thanked Yamaha Motor Australia, who have been firm supporters of him for a great portion of his career.

“I have been with Yamaha for the majority of my career and they have been a fantastic supporter of not just myself but also off road racing in Australia. Both Geoff and Craig have been friends and mentors of mine and I respect both guys in what they have done for my career. I have made some great friends within Yamaha and will continue to be a part of the Yamaha family in the future.

“Thank you to Yamaha as they have allowed me to fulfill a childhood dream of being a professional racer. It really is the best job in the world,” he concluded.