Portadown’s Marshall Neill has confirmed his decision to take a “step back” from racing after 16 years in the saddle.
Neill returned from serious injury to finish as runner-up in this year’s British Supersport Evo Championship.
“I think, after 16 years and such a good season, it is time to have a break and take a step back,” said Neill. “I would not call it a retirement at this point but I am just going to spend more time with my family.
“I am not going to take part in the Sunflower Trophy this weekend and have told my team at IN Competition Racing.
“There is no row with anyone or issue that way, it is just my own decision.
“At the start of this year I did not even know if there was a possibility of getting back racing to a competitive level.
“I also could not say if I would be able to reach the end of a season.
“I surprised myself in many ways and am pleased with the finish so it is a good time to take a step back.”
A statement released via IN Competition Racing described Neill as “not just our rider but a great long term friend”.
“After our fantastic year with Marshall Neill, we are very sorry to announce that Marshall will not be riding our bike next year as he has decided after 16 years of racing to take a break from bikes,” stated the Facebook post. “It was a pleasure working with Marshall who was not just our rider but a great long term friend, we wish him all the best and all being well we will get him to come along to some of our racing weekends with us!
“Marshall has also decided that we won’t be taking part in the Sunflower Trophy race this weekend at Bishopscourt, so we are delighted to announce that we are still taking part with David Allingham back on the IN Competition machine.
“This will be David’s first race in Ireland since he started his biking career.”