Young Superbike Champ's Unwavering Determination After Cancer Diagnosis

We meet a young Superbike champion, determined to get back on the track after a series of health setbacks.

What you need to know
  • Adelaide Superbike champion Nic Liminton was living his dream before being hit by numerous health setbacks
  • He's battled through a racing accident, and later a cancer diagnosis
  • Liminton opens up on his passion for the sport, and why he's determined to get back on the track

One of the nation’s most talented young Superbike riders is preparing to get back on the track, after a series of setbacks which have threatened to derail his fledgling career.

Adelaide’s Nic Liminton, 18, started racing motorbikes at just 11 years of age, going on to win the Australian junior championships in 2013.

It opened the door for him to compete in Europe, but during a race in Spain, he hit a wall at 150 kilometres an hour, breaking bones from his ribs down to his ankles and splitting a lung.

Returning to racing took months.

“It is hard. It’s definitely difficult that first lap,” he said.

“You just really don’t want it to happen again. But once you get that confidence built up… it becomes what you love again.”

But fate had another hurdle in store for Liminton. He had only just returned to the competitive track, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

It was an enormous shock for the 18-year-old. He is lucky to have required only surgery, not chemotherapy. His family has praised his maturity in how he handled it, and his willingness to let other young men know it can happen to anyone.

Two months on from the operation, and Liminton’s starting to train again this week, heading for a return to racing in Queensland in July.

“It’s something you can’t really stop, you can’t help it,” he said.

“Once you get those results, getting in the top three, it’s almost like an addiction. It’s this feeling you get you can’t explain it, but it’s amazing.”