PAUL WHIBLEY – “IT’S BEEN A HECK OF A RIDE”
It’s been one hell of a journey but Paul Whibley is heading home. He’s hanging up his boots.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Whibley’s racing career has seen him reach the podium in the Enduro World Championship, win two GNCC Racing championships and claim six OMA series titles.
“It’s been one heck of a ride,” confirmed Whibley. “I never thought I’d end up where we stand today. 12 years down the track with two GNCC and six OMA Championships. One perfect OMA season and 17 consecutive wins, and a lot of holeshots – I’m pretty proud of it all.”
Calling time on your racing career is never an easy decision to make and it’s one he’s wrestled with for some time.
“It’s a tough call to make though and one I have wrestled with for a while now but I know it’s time for us to head back to New Zealand. I will miss being a professional racer and going to all the races.
“But I’ll will miss even more the friends we have made along the way and our family at the Am Pro Yamaha team. We have met some great people and made lifelong friends. We’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from many of the sport’s greats from here and all over the world.
“We have seen a lot and experienced even more. The support from the fans has been amazing. We have been welcomed and accepted as if we were one of your own, which makes it even harder to leave.”
At the moment it’s still unclear what direction Whibley will head in next but we can be sure it will be a successful one.
“The future is a little uncertain at this stage but I welcome the blank canvas and look forward to painting the next portrait of my life. Looking back on it all I wonder where the time went. Travelling around the world chasing our dreams and realising many of them. Now it’s time to take a step to the side and help little Colton chase his.
“So from Katherine, Colton and myself, we thank you all for your great support and friendship over the years. And if you’re ever in New Zealand please drop us a line.”