Kevin Curtain NewsKevin Curtain, a three-time FX Australian World Champion who spent two decades successfully road racing, has announced his retirement.
Curtain, who began racing professionally in 1993, spent the majority of his career on Yamaha machinery. The 41-year-old Australian finished runner-up in World Supersport twice, and retires following three consecutive FX Australian Superbike Championships (2011-2013) aboard a YZF-R1.“I have been lucky enough to live a blessed life and through racing I have seen all parts of the world and met some amazing people,” Curtain says. “But the motivation to continue at this level has dropped for me and I didn’t feel I could give my team, my family and my sponsors a 100% effort every time I went on the track and for that reason I have decided to retire from racing.“Motorcycles have been a huge part of my life and it wasn’t an easy decision as racing is my passion and I have dedicated so much of my life towards it. But I know it is the right thing to do and looking back I couldn’t have asked for more. I also would like to thank all the people who have been involved in my racing and who have assisted me in chasing my dreams.“Riding the bike is the easy part, having the right people behind you, privately and professionally, make the job that much better and far more rewarding, so without going through a huge list of names, I thank everyone who has been there for me over the time.”Following is a bio from Yamaha:Curtain had twice tasted the victor’s champagne in World Supersport, at Phillip Island and Lausitzring in 2001, before Yamaha offered him a full-time ride for the 2004 season where he finished sixth overall with two podium finishes to his name. Curtain had what he considers his best ever season in 2005, in 12 starts he scored seven podium finishes – including a win at the team’s home round at Eurospeedway Lausitz.The 2006 season saw the introduction of the next generation YZF-R6, giving Kevin the performance boost needed to mount a genuine title challenge.Early season performances proved to be promising and by the middle of the year Curtain responded immediately, winning in Brno and taking the championship lead following a second place at Brands Hatch.Indeed with two rounds to go it looked like Curtain had the championship tied up, only for a crash at the final race to finish second overall.The 2007 season started strongly with a second place finish in Qatar, unfortunaly later to then be disrupted through injury and soon after initiating Kevin’s return to Australia.Curtain has been the mainstay of Australian road racing for years, starting way back in 1993 when he attended a road race event at Oran Park for the very first time. He was instantly hooked and in just two years, he was the 1995 250cc Australian Production Champion.After his World Supersport adventure he made a return to Australia and signed on with the Yamaha Racing Team in 2010. He then went on to win the FX Australasian Superbike Championship three years running -2010/ 2011 / 2012 – and also numerous championships in various support classes including Formula Oz (last title in 2013) and 600ccSupersport.Kevin Curtain Career Highlights
1995: Australian 250cc Production Champion
1996: Australian Supersport Champion
1997: 4th Australian Supersport Championship
1998: Formula Xtreme Champion /Australian Pro-Superbike Champion
1999: Formula Xtreme Champion / 2nd Australian Supersport Championship / 6th Australian Superbike Championship
2000: Formula Xtreme Champion / Australian Supersport Champion / 3rd Australian Superbike Championship
2001: 5th World Supersport Championship / Including race wins at Phillip Island and Lausitzring
2002: Formula Xtreme Champion /FX Supersport Champion / 11th World Supersports Championship
2005: 2nd World Supersport Championship
2006: 2nd World Supersport Championship
2010: 1st FX Australasian Superbike Champion/ 1st Formula Oz
2011: 1st FX Australasian Superbike Champion/ 1st FX Supersport Champion
2012: 1st FX Australasian Superbike Champion / 1st FX Supersport Champion
2013: 2nd FX Australasian Superbike Champion / 1st Formula Oz
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