Jeremy McGrath Set For Early Retirement

Occasionally breaking news happens during times (like right before Christmas) when it’s most difficult to contact people, but it appears that rumors of Jeremy McGrath retiring before the start of the 2003 season are true.

We spoke to Grant Langston this afternoon, who told us, “I learned of Jeremy retiring today while at the KTM test track. Apparently his recent injuries forced him to reconsider his priorities. I’m bummed. I was looking forward to racing against him as teammates.”

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While McGrath Racing personnel did confirm the seven-time champ’s retirement, they aren’t commenting at this time, instead opting to let Jeremy make the announcement at a press conference during press day at Anaheim before the first round of the AMA Supercross Series.

The dislocated hip Jeremy suffered in October was the most serious injury of his career, and apparently extremely painful. That, combined with the concussion he suffered during his first race back—a pre-season event in Italy—had him considering retirement.

During the first two events of the THQ World Supercross GP, Jeremy scored a sixth in Geneva, Switzerland; and a seventh in Arnhem, Holland.

Jeremy’s current contract had called for him to race for two more years, and for him to have a team advisor role for two additional years. At this point there’s no word on the future status of McGrath Racing. We’ll undoubtedly hear more about that during the upcoming press conference.