News 13 Apr 2018

ASBK regular Spriggs announces exit from superbike racing

Lack of passion prompts Kawasaki privateer to step away from the sport.

Image: Marc Jones (Foremost Media).

Youthful talent Callum Spriggs has announced he’ll step away from racing effective immediately, citing a lack of passion to continue at the top level of the sport domestically.

Spriggs, who graduated to the premier class with Desmosport Ducati in 2017 before his season was cut short with injury, made the transition to a privateer effort aboard Kawasaki machinery in the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), recording finishes inside the top 20 at the opening rounds.

While he has confirmed he’ll be absent for the remainder of this season, Spriggs hasn’t ruled out a return to racing in the future, mentioning he’ll be taking the time out to reignite his passion for the sport once again.

“There’s no passion or purpose for success for me at the moment,” said Spriggs in a social media statement. “Fun… I’ve stopped having it. I don’t have the heart or motivation to compete at the top level at this moment. Doubt has crept in and I am second guessing what I am doing out on the track which is affecting my ability to race safely and with confidence.

“I have always believed in myself and been mentally tough and resilient to do my best, but a build up of mental and physical stress has led to a loss of motivation at this time.

“I have decided to step back from racing Superbikes for this season and apply some strategies to try to regain the passion by focusing on other things [like riding] dirt bikes, jetskis and even jumping back on my Yamaha R6 to do some track days. I want to thank everyone that has supported my racing up to now. Hoping to be back out on track better than ever again soon.”