Amputee motorcycle racer off to flying start

A former Marine from King’s Lynn who lost a leg after a motorcycle accident has made a great start to his motor-racing career.
Mark Fincham had part of his leg removed after a catastrophic accident in 2007 when he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle.
Now, thanks in part to sponsorship from East Winch-based insurance broker Bikesure, the 31-year-old is in third place after three rounds of the MRO BEMSEE 1000cc championship, and has already picked up five trophies.

Mark moved into third place in the championship overall after two second place finishes last week at Oulton Park.
Given his injury history, he could be forgiven for feeling some nerves ahead of the weekend’s racing.
“The thoughts were running through my mind of my friend who came off here in his race a few weeks ago and broke his back among other bones,” he said.
“There is no doubt that this is a scary track.”
After qualifying in second place, Mark went in search of a podium finish.
“Nerves had set in fully, we were kept in the holding area for a long time, and all I could think about was the fact my tyres were losing heat,” he said.
After a poor start, Mark held on for second place despite muscle fatigue in his right arm and losing some control of the throttle.
In the second race of the weekend, Mark had to battle with a wild-card rider for second place for much of the race.
“Into the last two corners, I couldn’t dive in on the right hander which left the last left hander,” he explained.
“He took a lovely fast sweeping line, I squared it off and shot it out of the corner, crossing the line less than one tenth of a  second in front, my best piece of race-craft yet.
“Second place in both races and a comfortable third in the championship. Not a bad weekend.”
Follow Mark’s progress at www.markfinchamracing.com

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