Yarrawonga’s own Alan Kempster is headed to Italy this week to compete in the world’s first all disabled motorcycle race, the Di Di Dunlop Cup.RACHEAL WILLETT August 12, 2014 3:19pm
The fantastic adventure is just the latest in Alan’s life lived without limits despite having endured more difficulty than most people would ever experience.
In 1990 Alan was riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in the traumatic amputation of his arm and leg.
Despite his injuries Alan was determined to regain the ability to do things he loved – including waterskiing and motorcycle riding.
He became a champion waterskier, competing at both national and international level for more than ten years and amassing a raft of titles including seven Moomba titles as well as skiing in five and winning three world championships.
As if the thrill of waterskiing was not enough, Alan reignited his passion for motorbike riding five years ago and bought a Kawasaki 400 race bike.
He modified the controls himself to enable him to ride again and, in time, decided to return to racing.
“Last December I raced in New Zealand at the Burt Munro Challenge where I raced in four races over four days on four different tracks,” Alan told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I raced Bluff Hill Climb, Oreti Beach Race, Teratonga Road Race and Wyndham Street Race and was awarded the Burt Munro Family Trophy.”
Usually there is not a ‘disabled class’ for motorcycle racing so Alan is more than happy to mix it with his able-bodied counterparts.
However on August 18, Alan heads to Italy to race in the world’s first all disabled motorcycle race, the Di Di Dunlop Cup.
“The week after Italy I will be racing at Phillip Island in preparation to race in the Australian support races for the Phillip Island Moto GP in October,” Alan said.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Alan plans to head to Japan in April next year to race and after that finish filming his documentary called ‘Left Side Story’ - the first part of the documentary can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKuesBVmYs
“I’d just like to say to anyone with a disability, if you have a dream and a passion, you have to follow it to make it happen, no-one else can make it happen,” said Alan.
You can find out more about Alan and his incredible journey on his Facebook pages Alan Kempster, Boneapart Racing #1/2 and Left Side Story.
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