Canadian rider Brett McCormick doesn't plan to roadrace in the 2013 season, according to a post last week on a social networking site which features quizzes about people's pet cats.
McCormick competed for the financially strapped Effenbert Liberty Ducati team in the 2012 World Superbike season, with a best finish of sixth at Portimao. He missed part of the season after suffering a broken neck in a crash at Assen.
No deal materialized for 2011 Canadian Superbike champion McCormick despite talks with teams in WSBK, British Superbike and AMA Superbike over the winter.
"I would love to continue racing for a living, but I can't justify doing it with the industry like this right now," McCormick wrote. "It's turned into more riders paying for their rides or riding for free than riders making a reasonable living at it. Having my accident this year really opened my eyes. I race motorcycles because I love it. It doesn't matter whether I'm racing a local motocross race, or lining up for a WSBK grid, I get the same enjoyment out of it. I'm not prepared to sacrifice all other aspects of my life just to say I'm a professional superbike racer.
"That being said, I plan to race a lot of motocross this summer and keep my skills sharp. I wouldn't hesitate to race superbikes again if it's the right situation for me, but at the moment it doesn't look like that will happen. I'm going back to school while I have this downtime from racing, and going to get that aspect of my life rolling."