Chris keeping his racing dreams alive

PUBLISHED: 12:25 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 24 April 2018

Chris Ganley.

Chris Ganley.

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Motor cycle rider Chris Ganley is keeping his dreams of competing in the Isle of Man TT alive thanks to sponsorship by a local company.

After sustaining horrific injuries in 2014, including the loss of his left arm, Chris Ganley would have been forgiven for giving up on his racing dreams.

But the accident has only served to increase Chris’ drive to succeed and the Army veteran from Clevedon has returned to the grid, with a little help from Fuchs Silkolene.

The world-renowned manufacturer of two-wheel oils is supporting Chris by supplying all the products to keep his bike in top condition for the full season.

Chris, who served two tours of Afghanistan, took a step towards his ultimate dream of competing in the Isle of Man TT by 2023 by racing in the Thundersport GB Golden Era Superbikes and GP1 Classic/Cup at Donington recently.

Unfortunately, mechanical problems meant Chris was forced to retire from the race with just two laps to go, but he was nevertheless delighted to be racing again.

“The bike handled really well and I improved my lap time from 1.30.8 to 1.25.2,” said Chris.

“Due to my performance I gained all the signatures needed to upgrade my licence. 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.”

Chris has also been helped by Bridgwater and Taunton College, whose students are servicing and maintaining his Yamaha R1 to accommodate a one-arm amputee.

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