Sometimes reality gets in the way of dreams. Cameron Petersen made the difficult choice this past week to put his personal goals on hold in large part out of respect for his father, former champion rider Robbie Petersen.
As a result of this decision, the 22-year-old Petersen will not continue to race the Fly Racing/Motul/ADR Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-10R in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 class.
“I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while—it’s been eating me up,” Petersen admitted at Road Atlanta. “The first time I spoke with my dad about it was on the Monday after Texas [Round 1 at Circuit of The Americas].
“I’ve decided to stop for now. My dad is 55 years old, and he’s going from couch to couch, living out of suitcase. It’s just unfair to him.
“I want him to start a life for himself. He deserves to be living in a house. Family comes first, you know, so for now I need to give racing a back seat.”