A MOTORBIKE racer from Crosby who last year made a return to the sport after suffering two strokes has won a trophy – and he has dedicated it to his mum who recently passed away.
Peter Eaton admitted it was an emotional day on Sunday, September 13 when he placed third at the Preston & District Motorcycle Club first round, held at 3 Sisters Racecourse.
This was because his mum, who would always travel to watch him race, died in August after she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
He said his mum’s absence spurred him on and he was determined to come home with a trophy in her memory.
Peter said: “I was due to race the weekend lockdown came into force, and mum and dad would have come along. However, lockdown affected everyone, including the racing. In May, mum was diagnosed with a rapid form of motor neurone disease, and sadly passed away in August. Sunday was my first race back.
“I was determined to come home with a trophy in mum's memory. My first trophy since returning to work.
“The race started with me getting up to third place, however during the race, I missed a gear change, letting Jon Beck, a fellow competitor, come past.
“I waited a lap to calm down, and attacked on my favourite corner of 3 sisters racecourse. Jon took a defensive line, I waited, went wide, then pulled the bike in and took the third place back. I held this to the line, beating Jon by 0.106 seconds.
“As I crossed the line, I burst into tears. I'm sure mum was there somewhere, and I have her to thank for the glorious weather.”
The Champion has previously reported how Peter has to fight back from having two strokes in the last three years.
He has thankfully put his health scares behind him to carry on his love of competing as a high speed motorbike rider.