‘It takes special kind of person to race after injuries he sustained’
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A Clevedon man who suffered life-changing injuries in a motorcycle accident is getting back on the saddle, with the ultimate ambition of competing in the world famous Isle of Man TT race.
Chris Ganley sustained horrific injuries in the accident in 2014, in which he lost his left arm and broke his spine in three places.
The 29-year-old also suffered a bleed on his brain, broken ribs and a popped lung.
But the army veteran, who served two tours in Afghanistan, has not given up on his dream to race, and has returned to the grid.
His ultimate ambition is to compete in the Isle of Man TT by 2023.
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He took a step towards it by racing in the Thundersport GB Golden Era Superbikes and GP1 Classic Cup in Derby at the end of March.
Mechanical problems meant he had to retire, with just two laps to go – but he was delighted to be racing again.
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He said: “It was disappointing to retire, but it was still a really good day and I’d like to thank everyone for the support that I have received to make all this possible.
“My dream is coming together and I couldn’t do it without my sponsors, family and friends.
“The bike handled really well and I improved my lap time from 1.30.8 to 1.25.2.”
Chris has been supported by two-wheel oil manufacturer FUCHS Silkolene.
Marketing manager Sally Travis said: “We were amazed when we heard Chris’ story.
“It takes a special kind of person to get back into racing after the injuries he sustained.”
“We are right behind him in his quest to race in the Isle of Man TT and hope our premium lubricants – used by some of the top teams both globally and in British Superbikes – help him on his way.”
Chris has also gained the support of Bridgwater and Taunton College, and students are servicing and maintaining his bike to accommodate a one-arm amputee.
He is also hoping to create a disabled race team to compete in the Isle of Man TT.
You can support his efforts by donating to his Patreon appeal via www.patreon.com/Chrisganleyracing