Murray Hambro lost both legs below the knee while serving as a Lance Corporal in the Second Royal Tank Regiment in Afghanistan in 2010, but now races in the Triumph Triple Challenge series on a specially adapted Triumph Daytona 675R.
Hambro has a dark sense of humour, with the word 'legless' embroidered on the back of his race leathers and a personalised number plate that spells out 'no feet' on his car.
•Lives: Crowborough, Sussex
•Before army: Worked as a tree surgeon
•Army: 11-year career. Tank commander in Second Royal Tank Regiment
•Accident: 9 December 2010 on second tour of Afghanistan
But Hambro, who had started riding motorbikes at the age of seven in fields near his home, was not to be deterred. After a particularly bad day of pain and discomfort, he treated himself to a new Triumph motorbike.
He did not know if he would even be able to ride without legs but set about finding out.
The rear brake, which is normally operated by the right foot of a motorcyclist, is now housed on the right handlebar and is controlled by Hambro's thumb. The gear lever, usually operated by a rider's left foot, has been replaced by up and down shift buttons on the left handlebar.
A similar system is used on Hambro's race bike.
Moving about on the bike was the biggest problem, as he found his feet were slipping off the footpegs. So he drilled a hole in his boot to allow him to 'attach' it to the bike. That helped a lot.
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“True Heroes Racing” is the brain child of a serving Royal Navy sailor who has been lucky enough to return from several Tours of Duty in Afghanistan uninjured. After working with a large number of injured UK Service personnel on motorsport charity events it was decided to try and use competitive motorsport as a way of restoring a sense of direction and focus for our injured UK Service personnel and in 2012 “True Heroes Racing” was formed.