Vancraft Triumph's Jimmy Hill has decided to hang up his leathers ahead of this weekend's Motorpoint British Supersport round, saying that he cannot see how to make a living from the sport and he is no longer enjoying himself.
Hill, the likeable younger brother of Tommy, came up through the Superstock 600 ranks to ride for the Triumph outfit now says he has lost his passion for racing and that it is better to get out now than to carry on.
"It's such a hard thing for me to do after almost 10 years of road racing. I've been involved in racing my whole life but I've lost the passion and love for the sport and just don't enjoy riding anymore," said Hill.
"Over the last few rounds I've been trying to find the enjoyment but it's just not there. Not enjoying riding equals no confidence which leads to bad results and I don't want to be there just to make up the numbers.
"You go through a lot, whether it's injuries and financial difficulties but after these it's now made me realise I don't need to be putting pressure on myself and need to look to the future and be realistic of where my future lies. I can't see myself making this my full-time occupation, there's a very small percentage in the paddock now that are earning a wage and I'm glad that they are as times are hard.
"I am lucky to have some great sponsors behind me helping me to race and I thank them very much. There's so much effort involved in racing, and effort from other people, I feel I shouldn't be continuing just for the sake of it.
"I have to say a massive thanks to everyone over my racing career, my family and friends, Vancraft Triumph, my sponsors, the whole BSB organisation as well as the marshals and the medical team and to all the people out there that have supported me over the years."