Tortelli retires.

Former 125 and 250cc world champion Sebastien Tortelli has used the opening night of the Paris-Bercy Supercross to announce his retirement from racing.

The flying Frenchman, frequently injured in the AMA championships between 1999-2005, returned to Europe in 2006 to try and repeat his 1998 title victory over Stefan Everts during the great Belgian's final season.

However, although often a match for the then nine-times world champion in terms of speed, Tortelli again saw his title hopes destroyed by injury - the factory KTM rider sustaining a dislocated hip in the Grand Prix of Portugal, round three of the series.

Sebastien was forced to miss the rest of the season as a result and, when KTM announced a 2007 line-up without the Frenchman, his racing future looked in serious doubt.

At Bercy, in front of his adoring home fans, Tortelli - with tears in his eyes - formally confirmed that, because of the repeated injuries he has suffered over the years, he can no longer give 100% and so will regrettably retire at the age of 28.

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Sebastien Tortelli  - KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli  - KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli  - KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli – KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli – KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli – KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli  - KTM (pic: R. Archer).
Everts leads Tortelli.
Mike Alessi, Tortelli and Short stand on the Bercy podium.
Tortelli, Short, Jeff Alessi and Mike Alessi prepare for action at the Paris Bercy Supercross.
Sebastian Tortelli on his new KTM at the 2005 Motocross of Nations (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastien Tortelli in KTM colours at the 2005 Motocross of Nations (pic: R. Archer).
Sebastian Tortelli on his KTM debut at the Motocross of Nations.
Tortelli, Carmichael, Reed, LaRocco and Windham side-by-side at the start (pic: Steve Bruhn).
Tortelli, Carmichael and Windham (pic: Frank Hoppen).
Byrne, Carmichael, Reed, Windham, Tortelli, Vuillemin charge for the first turn (pic: Steve Bruhn).
Sebastian Tortelli - American Suzuki (pic:
Sebastian Tortelli - Team Suzuki (pic:

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