Calling time on a highly successful roads career which has spanned three decades, Paul Owen announced yesterday that last Monday’s Superbike Classic TT would prove his final competitive action within the real roads scene.
A TT Races competitor from 1996 through to 2014, his CV at the world’s most famous roads meeting includes three top six finishes, plus in total six top ten finishes.
His last TT campaign in 2014, saw him join a select group of racers to have piloted works/factory backed machinery, as he jockeyed the WK Bikes/CF Moto Super Twin.
Photo by Rod Neill
Outside of Mountain Course competition, renowned two stroke specialist ‘Moz’ has also enjoyed various tumultuous moments at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, regularly mixing it with many of the world’s best International road racers.
We mustn’t forget as well the success he’s enjoyed at Oliver’s Mount and at his local roads course, Aberdare Park, securing multiple race wins, rostrum finishes.
A close friend of 35 times International road race winner Bruce Anstey, recent years have seen the amiable Welshman mentor a host of talented next generation roads talents.
Speaking via Facebook about his decision to retire from road racing, he stated:
“Sat on the start line as I say goodbye to to the Mountain Course for the last time. It’s been a very tough few years and with losing so many great friends, it just makes you realise the crap you put family under when I leave the start line.
But I have no regrets as I’ve ticked every box I wanted to except a podium on the Mountain Course, but it’s not from trying.
It’s been amazing following in my dad’s footsteps. I always give it 101 percent effort over 23 years of trying on the rock and with 27 years racing under my belt, it would be nice to stop road racing before it stops me.
I’m sure I will be back for a parade lap and a few local club races just for fun etc, but that’s my leathers hung up on road racing. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped in the racing. My sponsors. My family. My mates and even my doubters as you all kept me at it. And all the organisers who have helped and put up with my s**t.
Well it’s time to sign out and I hope everyone a great future in the road racing paddock and please keep it safe. I’m sure you’ll still see me helping younger riders with advice etc.
Paul team #98”
Words by Stevie Rial