True Heroes Triumph Triple Challenge
Taking part in the 2013 Triumph Triple Challenge this year are a team unlike any other. They are True Heroes Racing and they were founded to help injured UK Service personnel regain a focus and sense of direction by competing in motorsport at the highest level.
For 2013 the team is made of injured and able bodied Service personnel who keep the bike and team running. Their current rider, Murrey Hambro, who lost both his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan on 9th December 2010 explained, "Motorsport is a fast, frenetic and pressurised environment, not too dissimilar to the battlefield. It is also a world many Service personnel would have not considered open to them even when they were fully able bodied."
The team's motorbike is an adapted Triumph Daytona 675R. Murrey locks his right leg onto a pin on the footrest which keeps it in place and balances his left prosthetic limb on the other peg as he needs something to put down when he stops! Then all the leg controls have been moved up to the left handlebar. He has an up and down button for gears which is run through air powered hydraulics that move the actual lever. The rear brake also sits underneath the left handlebar easily accessible with a push of a thumb. It's a very impressive piece of kit and the team have done a fantastic job of making it work for them.
True Racing Heroes are doing a fantastic job giving the UK's Service personnel something to aim for whilst at the same time competing in one of the MCE Insurance British Superbikes hottest support series. Good luck this year guys!
Visit www.trueheroesracing.co.uk for more information.
23.04.13 - James Davey