Garry McCoy: "I Have No Intention Of Retiring"

After Garry McCoy's shock replacement in Triumph's World Supersport program, the Australian issued a statement on his website saying that he was shocked at what had happened, and inviting the media to get in touch to find out his side of the story. We took McCoy up on his offer, and sent him a list of questions, which he responded to. Here's McCoy's replies to us:

MotoMatters: Was your contract with Triumph, or with BE1?

Garry McCoy: My contract was with BE1, I never had a contract with Triumph directly.

MM: You told Michael Guy of MCN that you'd been negotiating the contract since the end of last season. Had you spent a lot of time meeting with them? Did they give any indication that they were not going to sign you?

GM: No, I didn't have many meetings with the team, and no I never thought that I was going to be sacked, we had a verbal agreement for 2010. If you read the news I was already confirmed officially even by Triumph in their rider line up.

MM: Was the number they offered you less than last year, or more? You said it was less than previously agreed, but when had you agreed the higher amount?

GM: I am not going to say anything about numbers. This information is only between me and the team, I respect the confidentiality of the agreement. As I said before it had nothing to do with numbers, even though some web sites have said that. I would actually like to know where that information came from!

MM: How was the Triumph project going? It started pretty well back with Stefano Caracchi, but it has been up and down since then. How was the development going?

GM: I've done two years of development work, one with Caracchi and another one with BE1. The bike always can go forward for sure but the two podiums that I scored last year shows that it won't need much more to get on the top of the box.

MM: Have you had any talks at all with other teams, either at the end of last year or since the announcement that BE1 had decided not to sign you for 2010?

GM: At the end of last year I had a few chats with a few teams that were interested in me. Since I have been sacked there's nothing available, as it is too late in the season. I haven't lost hope but it won't be easy.

MM: What are your plans, and where would you like to ride: World Supersport, World Superbike or Moto2?

GM: I would like to have a ride in any of the different categories. I still have a passion for racing and all three are very good championships.

MM: Finally, has this made you think about retiring? You've been racing at the world level for a long time now, and you've had a number of nasty crashes in your time. Were you already thinking about hanging up your leathers, or do you still feel you have some racing left in you?

GM: There is a big difference between retiring because it's time and retiring because you have been sacked from a team so late in the season and you can't find anything else. I have absolutely no intention of retiring because I think I am showing that I have more to give and show. I am enjoying every single race!

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It's hard to understand the rationale for this, unless his replacement brings money to the table. Gazza is one of the universally most liked and respected figures in motorcycle racing - not perhaps for his results but for the spectacle he has brought to the sport. He is certainly one of the few riders who has left even Rossi genuinely and completely in admiration - when he was beating Rossi!

A sponsor could be pretty much guaranteed some exposure every time Gazza races - just to see which way the bike is pointing.. The guy has broken so many bones it's probable he's rusting away inside, but next race he's (almost) always there, giving it the berries and as often as not, bringing the thing home in a better position than should have been expected. Triumph may do marginally better results-wise over the next season due to his replacement but I'm willing to bet their 'exposure' falls considerably unless they have a blinder of a season.

None of it makes sense to me. There is nobody on that team faster then McCoy. Chaz might give him a run, but nobody else. Triumph makes a major error not stepping in and keeping McCoy. He is competitive and the only rider they've had that has fans around the globe. Dropping McCoy ranks right up there with Suzuki losing Spies. Inexplicable from any angle.

The reason for this is simple: Money. DiSalvo and Charpentier cost a great deal less than McCoy, if they cost anything at all. And BE1, who run the team, have very little money. All Triumph do is provide equipment, they don't finance the team.

I will certainly miss the spectacle of him racing if he can't get a ride. With all his experiance, and the fact it is a fairly level playing field this year, perhaps he could do well in Moto2. Aren't there still some rides available there?