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Why would his retirement make it worse in Australia? His profile, like that of Gardner, Doohan, Bayliss and Corser, had done immeasurable good for the sport over here. To even suggest he does not care about the Aussie racing scene just shows complete ignorance. He had to leave Australia because of politics in the sport. They would not allow him to race in the 80cc Moriwaki class after he purchased a bike. Why? Because he had already accumulated over 1000 trophies in short track racing. So he was forced to move to England to race on the road at 14. So the motorcycle racing bosses in Australia shafted him, not the other way round. They gave no help to a talented rider who wished to go road racing.