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Published: 02 Jul 2015

A Royal Navy Warrant Officer (WO) manages theUK’s first injured Serviceman’s motorcycle race team, True Heroes Racing.


Based at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, their aim to inspire a whole new audience when they venture north of the border for the first time!


The team will be heading for the Scottish race circuit at Knockhill for the next round of the Ducati TriOptions Cup.  The British Superbike (BSB) Championships travel to the picturesque circuit of Knockhill over the weekend of 3rd to 5th July and this round will mark the return of the Ducati TriOptions Cup, after a break of 6 weeks since the championships last outing supporting the World Superbike Championships at Donington Park.


WO Phil Spencer, based at the Royal Navy Flight Safety Centre at RNAS Yeovilton, founded the team in 2012 and now manages the day-to-day running of the team.  WO Phil Spencer said;


“The whole team is looking forward to the trip to Scotland.  Since forming we’ve enjoyed strong support from the biker community north of the border, and it will be great to take the team to Knockhill for the first time and hopefully meet some of them in person.  It also gives us a great opportunity to meet a whole new audience and increase awareness of what True Heroes Racing is achieving and hopefully inspire others who have never seen or heard of us before.”


Timing of the Knockhill BSB round is especially pertinent as it is just a week after the 2015 national Armed Forces Day, on 27th June.  The team hope for a strong weekend at Knockhill after all 3 riders have tested at the circuit on their distinctive orange and black, Laguna Motorcycles supplied, Ducati 899 Panigales in the run up to the BSB weekend.  Members of the team were even joined at one of their test days for a few laps by Isle Of Mann TT legend and 2015 Senior TT winner, John McGuinnness.


TheUK’s first double amputee motorcycle racer, ex Lance Corporal (LCpl) Murray Hambro said;


“I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing at the short, undulating circuit at Knockhill.  I tested there for the first time recently and am really grateful to Scottish pairing of Ducati ambassador, Niall McKenzie, and TriOptions Cup defending Champion, Dennis Hobbs, for all their advice and mentoring on the day.  I’m also looking forward to getting back amongst the BSB paddock, having missed out on the last round when my wife gave birth to our second son the day before.  Since our lasting outing the team has enjoyed a relaxed period with a bit of testing and some promotional events, but mainly time at home, which has been great for me with a new baby in the house.”


True Heroes Racing on their distinctive Ducati race motorcycles will be on display alongside their team liveried race lorry, as a static display at the upcoming RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerseton Saturday 11th July.


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