True Heroes Racing confirmed the expansion of their team this weekend at Motorcycle Live. Luke Smith will join veteran Triumph Triple Challenge rider Murray Hambro racing for the Triumph dealership, Laguna Motorcycles of Kent.
Hambro has become an icon in the British Superbikes paddock, racing despite losing both his legs in Afghanistan three years ago. The team was started to give injured service personnel a sense of direction and has been a huge success. They now plan to get bigger and better, also announcing that they will be opening up opportunities for others to join them too.
Smith will soon be medically discharged from the army due to severe hearing loss. He has previously raced at club level as well as working with BSB teams, and had this to say: “After a couple of part seasons competing at a club level, in amongst deployments to Afghanistan, I’m delighted to be offered the opportunity of riding alongside Murray for True Heroes Racing. I still can’t believe Phil has offered me this opportunity to compete within the BSB paddock and it’s really given me a new focus as I look towards my imminent medical discharge from the Army.”
Lance Corporal Murray Hambro said: “I’m really looking forward to my second season in the Triumph Triple Challenge. 2013 was always our development season, allowing me to adjust to the new bike and learn some of the race circuits I’d never ridden before. For 2014 I’m hoping to continue to develop and begin to compete with other riders in the Cup competition, and having Luke on board as a second rider can only assist me with this and also achieve what we set out to do offering more opportunities for injured Service personnel to get involved with the team.”
Team manager Phil Spencer added: “The 2014 season is looking really promising for True Heroes Racing. The support Murray and the whole team received last season was overwhelming and has re-affirmed the British public’s support for our injured Service personnel in whatever they do. To be able to expand the team and run Luke alongside Murray is brilliant and we are grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, enabling us to achieve this. Having 2 riders in the same championship, on the same bikes, on track together can only help both riders to develop faster and the technical experience Luke has gained already working for a variety of teams within the BSB paddock will also help us to develop the skills of our injured technicians, who ably support our injured riders.”
You catch the bright orange of the True Heroes Racing team in the paddock next season or go to their website www.trueheroesracing.co.uk for updates in the meantime!