Isle of Man TT competitor Keith Amor has announced his retirement from road racing. The Scottish racer leaves the sport owing to shoulder injury.
Amor confirmed the decision with a post on his Twitter feed (@keithamor): “Unfortunately after visiting my surgeon yesterday my worst fears came true, I need more surgery so I have decided to retire from racing.”
The 39-year-old injured his shoulder racing at the 2011 Isle of Man TT. The popular rider suffered a couple get-offs during the season, most notably crashing in the second Supersport race. Amor and other TT regulars like Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin and John McGuinness were hesitant to start that race, which was controversially allowed to begin despite dicey weather conditions. Amor crashed at Union Mills just before the event was red flagged, after multiple incidents, on Lap 2.
In spite of the Supersport crash, the 2011 TT proved to be one of Amor’s best performances at the Isle. Campaigning alongside McGuinness for the TT Legends Honda, he managed a top-five finish in all five solo TTs. His best result was a second-place podium in the first Supersport race.
Amor’s 2010 road racing campaign included a breakthrough performance at the North West 200. Claiming victory in the Superstock race, he secured the first NW200 win for BMW on the then all-new S1000RR. The 39-year-old also snagged a second-place podium in the second Supersport race. That season Amor went on to tally a third-place Supersport 2 podium at the Isle of Man, as well as a pair of victories at the Ulster Grand Prix that year.
The 2009 and 2008 seasons saw Amor campaign under the Wilson Craig Honda banner. Claiming several wins in Irish national road races, like Tandragee 100 and Skerries 100, he broke through with his first NW200 and TT podiums (NW200: third-place Superstock (2009); IOM TT: third-place Supersport 1 (2008), third-place Supersport 1 and third-place Superstock (2009).
Amor didn’t begin his road racing career until his late 20s. Competing in his national Scottish Championship full-time in 2001, he didn’t tackle the famous road circuits until later. Amor’s first crack at the NW200 came in 2005 at the age of 33. Two years later Amor was the second-fastest newcomer at the 2007 Isle of Man TT, riding for Uel Duncan Racing.
In a brief audio clip on Manx Radio, Amor cites his recent engagement and impending fatherhood factored into the decision to “hang up the leathers.”