American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier has called time on his Grand Prix career after two seasons in the Moto2 World Championship.
After a challenging introduction to the world stage, the five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion has decided to return home to the USA and race in the national series for 2023.
Achieving his debut Moto2 pole position in front of the home fans during Austin’s Americas GP back in April, Beaubier has failed to achieve the race results he expected of himself as he transitioned to the intermediate championship. Having initially expected to continue with the American Racing team for a further season, the 29-year-old has decided to head back to California.
“This wasn’t an easy decision, that’s for sure,” Beaubier confirmed on Thursday afternoon from the Aragon paddock. “Firstly though I want to thank the team for the opportunity to be here and compete on the world stage and now for respecting my decision.
“I’m glad that I’ve shown that when things click together I’m competitive towards the front but I mainly came over here with the hopes of progressing into MotoGP and I’m going to be 30 in December. So no matter how good I do next year, I don’t see myself getting into MotoGP at 31 years old. I’m okay with that but I don’t want to find myself racing in this class year after year, so I’ve decided the twilight years of my career would be better spent at home again.
“As well as how intense it is on the track, I’m not gonna lie, part of my decision comes from getting home sick. I’ve been in Northern California my whole life, and it has been difficult spending significant amounts of time away from everything and everyone I know and love. I didn’t realise how much I appreciated racing in the MotoAmerica series and that ability to be home after every race weekend.
“I can understand that some of my supporters will be disappointed not to see me on the world stage anymore but I want you all to know that I’m really happy that I took the chance to come over here, be a Grand Prix rider, and experience life in this paddock again as an actual adult. It’s given me a huge amount of respect for all the riders here and actually how competitive and how talented everyone here is.
“I’ve grown as a rider in the last two years and I’m looking forward to taking that with me closing out this season as strong as I can, for myself and the team.”
While the revised American Racing 2023 line up has yet to be confirmed, the door could be open for Britain’s Rory Skinner, who secured two wildcard showings in August due to his managerial links to team boss Eitan Butbul. The American, however, has reiterated his intention to provide a pathway to the world championships for US talent.
“I want to make it clear that the team’s project on bringing American riders into the World Championship is still at the heart of everything we do at American Racing, and we will continue to look for the next American rider to bring in. “We also understand now that going forward we also need to create a step between MotoAmerica and the Moto2 World Championship to make a smoother transition for American riders, which is why we are working on an option of taking the team into the FIM JuniorGP European Moto2 class as well to more readily prepare young & talented riders for the demands of the World Championship’s intermediate class.”