As the championship returns to the Sentul Circuit on August 6 and 7, the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship pays special tribute to Indonesian rider M. Fadli Immammuddin for his remarkable perseverance and determination to overcome the odds.
14 months after the accident in Sentul last year, Fadli is on the mend. Today, Fadli has regained his mobility, actively cycles to keep his fitness, and leading a busy yet fulfilling live with his role as official trainer for Astra Honda.
“The first six months after the tragedy were the most challenging. I underwent numerous surgeries in a bid to save the foot. During that time, I suffered depression and despair because the feeling of the re-attached limb was not good,” the 32-year-old Indonesian ace recalled.
“I prayed a lot for guidance and by the grace of the Almighty, I learnt to accept. In early 2016, I made the decision to amputate and move on with my life. I was inspired by stories and videos of the athletes in the Paralympics – their dedication and positive attitude gave me a lot of strength. The moment the decision was made, I felt a load off my shoulders.”
“Within a month after the amputation, I was fitted with prosthetics and started intensive physiotherapy. Three months later, I was finally fully mobile again. Today, I can not only cycle but am back on the bike. I can even shift gears with my new foot,” said Fadli.
The 32-year-old M. Fadli has a permanent place in the Asia Road Racing Championship history books – as the first Indonesian rider to win the Asian title. Fadli accomplished this feat in 2004 when he won the Underbone 130cc title.