Two-time IMBA European champion, four-time AMCA British champion and Dursley Motocross Club member Lee Dunham retires
ONE of the most successful ever British motocross riders has hung up his helmet.
Lee Dunham, who lived in Wotton-under-Edge until recently and represented Dursley Motocross Club, has decided to retire at the top after winning his fourth British title this year.
The 28-year-old is the only person in history to win both the AMCA British and IMBA European Championships two years running in the MX2 class.
After moving up to 450cc bikes, he won the MX1 AMCA British Championship twice and the UK Superclass Championship.
Dunham said: “I am going to take a step back from competitive racing in 2014.
“I want to end my career of racing known as the best of my time.
“I have achieved all my goals – I rode for Kawasaki for ten years and won every Championship I could win.
“I’m happy to retire now because no one can take away my title.”
Dunham dreamt of riding for Kawasaki UK from the moment he first started riding at six-years-old on a Kawasaki 60cc auto.
He won the MX2 International KWS Championship in 2004 before competing in the AMCA British Championships and represented his country in the IMBA European Championships for the first time when he managed to gain a wildcard entry into the British round in 2006.
Three years later Dunham won his first British and European titles and, after repeating that success the following year, he clinched the MX1 AMCA British Championship and finished third in the MX1 IMBA European Championship in 2011.
After coming second in the British Championship in 2012, Dunham said he wanted to win more than ever, started training harder and became fitter.
He clinched the British title in the last race of the season at Norley earlier this month and once again finished third in the European Championship.
Dunham said: “I have had one of my best seasons results-wise in the domestic championship in my last year which makes all the hard work and graft worthwhile.
“I do not consider my achievements to be only personal. I believe it takes one person to win one race but it takes a whole team to pull together, to work together to be able to win a Championship.
“I have had such a good team supporting me, a manufacturer support that’s reliable and friendly and products used over the years that have been provided to not only look good but to serve a purpose – that’s to win.”
“I’ve lived my racing career being the best I possibly could be whilst juggling a family, business, training after and before work, racing and practicing.
“I’d now like to offer this to other people in a form of coaching, whether it’s winter training or whether it’s riding training.
“I don’t feel like I could have the same impact if I was to continue racing and eventually be riding mid-pack or at the back and then offer coaching advice. I want to be the best and offer it.”
Dunham is running the London Marathon next year to raise money for the Children with Cancer charity.
To sponsor him visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeeDunham28
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