Mike Schultz, Royal Purple’s newest “Outperformer” seen here with his innovative MotoKnee prosthetic.
Mike Schultz defies the odds every day he gets on a motorcycle or snowmobile. The motocross and snowcross racer suffered a devastating crash in 2008 which forced doctors to amputate his left leg from just above the knee. At that point a return to the race track seemed a tall order, but following a long recovery, some innovative thinking and an extraordinary amount of determination, Schultz is back competing in the sports he loves.
Schultz dug-in soon after his accident, working to develop a prosthesis that would offer more control and a more accurate replication of the missing limb than existing options. He used parts from downhill mountain bikes to fashion the early prototype and went on to test and refine the design until the “MotoKnee” was born. Since then he’s become founder of Biodapt Inc., a company focused on creating performance prosthetics. When he debuted his work in competition at the 2009 Summer X Games in Adaptive Motocross, he took the silver. During the following Winter X Games, he took the gold medal in Adaptive SnoCross. His company has now sold over 70 MotoKnees, many to the Walter Reed Medical Center where they’re being given to veterans recovering from injuries sustained in combat.
For his determination, innovation and inspiring story, Royal Purple has named Schultz its latest “Outperformer,” and has put together a five-minute documentary, included below, to help share his story.
“Mike Schultz is an incredible inspiration both on and off-track,” said Royal Purple Marketing Director, Randy Fisher. “His determination and ability to succeed in spite of what most would have deemed a career ending injury is why we feel Mike embodies what it means to Outperform.”