You can’t keep a good man down

The 2014 MX Nationals round at Neerabup will mark rider Paul Foster’s return to competition.
The 2014 MX Nationals round at Neerabup will mark rider Paul Foster’s return to competition.

The 50-year-old Motorcycling WA president has been racing for 40 years and gone through a number of temporary retirements with the thrill of riding putting him back on a motorcycle.

‘I rode the first club run ever at Wanneroo Park and over the years I’ve raced (solo) and as a motocross sidecar passenger in the 80s ” though I’m paying for that now,’ he said.

‘I retired in 2001 for the first time after motocross and BMX injuries got the better of me.’

Foster last raced a full season in 2011 but when his lymphoma returned, he had to stop even though it was against his will.

‘I raced once in March 2013 at the Summercross at Coastal Park (Henderson) the day before I went into hospital for a bone marrow transplant ” much to the hospital’s disgust,’ he said.

‘I haven’t ridden much since then while regrouping.’

Foster said he wanted to show there was still some fight in his racecraft, nominating to compete in the C grade/clubman lites (250cc) at this Sunday’s event.

‘I will be happy to finish every race and pick off as many kids as I can,’ he said.

‘After 40 years doing this I enjoy the friends made, both old and new, and still enjoy the smell of two stroke in the morning.

‘For an old guy it keeps me fit and alert.’

Foster will also use the national event to raise money for cancer research, which he will continue when he takes part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in November.

To donate, go to http://tinyurl.com/ majnuce.