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De Dycker retirement – Official

As we reported on the weekend, Ken De Dycker has retired from the sport. Here is a press release from his team.

Belgian veteran Ken De Dycker announced his retirement from MXGP racing at the iconic TT Circuit. De Dycker enjoyed a successful career in world motocross spanning 15 seasons.

The popular #9 rider decided not to go out anymore for the second race, effectively ending his MXGP career on the spot. While the final curtain on Keeno’s career was little heroic the lanky Belgian was without a doubt one of the most important European riders of his generation. De Dycker made a name for himself with his speed and unique style on-track. Although he never won the world title, Ken collected one MXoN win with Team Belgium and several MXoN podiums, he scored five MX1 Grand Prix victories, finished third overall in the World Championship twice and captured MX1 titles in Great Britain, Germany and Belgium. His laidback attitude and sense of humour made him a big hit with fgans in Belgium and abroad.

Damon Graulus suffered a terrible start in the opening lap, yet bounced back well to claim 17th. In the second race the former Assen EMX250 winner circulated in 14th place to cross the line 18th.

Ken De Dycker: “That’s it, that’s all! Not a lot more I can say at this moment. After my DNF in the first moto I was very disappointed and decided to call it a day. Mentally this season has been very demanding, because of all the small problems I encountered, having to change teams during the season and so on. After competing at the highest level for 15 years things have come full circle for me. I will contemplate what to do next but I’d like some time for myself to reflect first. To be honest I haven’t enjoyed the riding as much as I always have and that’s a pity. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me all this time no matter where they are from or how they’ve helped me!”

Marc Boone, team owner and team manager 24MX Honda: “It’s sad but we understand and respect Ken’s decision to retire from MXGP earlier than anticipated. Especially when the level in MXGP is higher than ever before it was a huge challenge for him to reach his highest level againe. We thank Ken for his efforts and professionalism and like to wish him all the best in whatever his next for him.”