Speculation is out today that Juha Salminen may be up for retirement. One of the most celebrated and successful enduro racers of all time finds himself without a ride for the 2014 season. The sale of Husqvarna to the Austrians has unseated all of the current Husky team racers. For next season most of the current Husaberg team members will switch graphics and fly Husky colors.
When Salminen went to BMW a few years ago, it was for perhaps the highest salary ever commanded by an enduro rider, a reported one million euro. Presumably he has remained right at the top of the pay ranks as he developed the BMW and later Husky 449 model. Once that was abandoned, he moved to the TE310 and regained much of his competitiveness in the world ranks.
But as two brands now become one, the Husky riders find themselves out in the cold. Many of the Husaberg riders are signed to multi-year contracts already, so they will obviously stay. It has been a banner year for the EWC and Extreme Husaberg squads anyway.
For Juha, the combination of high salary level and advancing age could make it difficult to find a suitable seat for next year and that may be enough to convince him to retire early.