Articles 2018

 

BALLYGOWAN RIDER ALAN JOHNSTON ALL SET FOR MANX GRAND PRIX BOW IN 2018

 

There’s something very special about ‘The Manx’, as anyone who has raced or spectated there will tell you. It’s the unmistakable combination of high performance, high speed racing with a warm-hearted welcome which makes the Manx Grand Prix the iconic and beloved event that it is. 

 

Over the course of its long and illustrious history it has afforded riders the opportunity to fulfil their dream of taking on the world famous mountain course. With many of the event’s former riders graduating from its ranks and going on to become household names and TT greats, it is an event that’s as precious as it is exciting. 

 

Perhaps most importantly, it gives many riders the once in a lifetime chance to become part of road racing history as they pit themselves against the challenges the most demanding road racing course in the world throws at them. 

 

28 year old Alan Johnston has been rising through the ranks since his short circuit racing debut back in 2012. This year sees him tackle the Manx GP as a newcomer and he will also make a return to the Southern 100 after a successful campaign at he Billown circuit in 2017 . 

 

Alan enjoyed a fantastic season in 2017 with top 10 finishes at Skerries, Southern 100, Armoy, Faugheen and a personal best of 122mph at the Ulster Grand Prix – a performance which didn’t go unnoticed as he was promoted to the pro-class for 2018. This year Alan has also competed in front of thousands of spectators and fans at the Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100, and the USBK Championship.

 

Everyone associated with racing knows just how expensive it is to get the bike on the grid let alone the Manx GP! Alan has been backed by some top businesses in Northern Ireland already however there is always plenty more room for company logos on the bike, leathers, helmet and race van. 

 

There is also the opportunity to get your company name entered into the race event program, (this could cost upwards of £1,000 if you wanted to independently advertise). If you are not in a position to financially support Alan there are plenty of other ways to support his efforts throughout the year, helping out on the tools, with setting up and general help around the paddock. 

 

One local business had this to say about sponsoring Alan: 

 

“Alan is a fantastic guy, a real top lad. Nothing has been handed to him, he’s a real grafter and one of the many competitors who works long hours just to live out their passion and race bikes. So many people love real road racing in Ireland and Alan is one of the hundreds of competitors who is willing to risk it all for the love of the sport. 

 

When the opportunity came up to give Alan some financial backing for 2018 I jumped at it. I looked at some of the sponsors he had on board such as Fraser Houses and BES Contracts and that was enough to convince me it was a good idea. It’s all about giving back to the sport, and although we parted way with some money what we got back from Alan was worth its weight in Gold. 

 

We were introduced to Alan’s other sponsors, given access to the race paddock, signed some new business and ultimately met some fantastic friends. I would strongly recommend any business which is interested in a cost effective way to get your logo in front of thousands of spectators and other business owners to contact Alan”. 

 

Matt Burns, Sales and Operations Manager – Works Services.

 

Good luck Alan!”

Road Racing Daily Alan Johnston in action at the 2018 Tandragee 100 - Photo by Mick Cooke

ALAN JOHNSTON INTERVIEW:

 

Ballygowan road racer Alan Johnston is getting prepared to take on the world famous Isle of Man course this year as he makes his debut in the Manx Grand Prix. 

 

We caught up with Alan to learn more about his road racing career so far, and how his preparations have been going for competition on the island. 

 

Q What class are you racing in at the Manx? 

 

A I'm doing the new comers race first off have also had my entry accepted for the Junior event .

 

Q Has learning the course been difficult and how have you managed to do it? 

 

A I’m still very much learning it. There’s way too much to take in from just the newcomers day. The TT game for the playstation is handy for remembering the names and sections of the course. 

 

Q Do you prepare for racing on the island differently to how you would a national road race? 

 

A Definitely, normally I can pack up the van and head away for a weekends racing but with the Manx I've had to draft in pit crew, accomodation and attend the training days over on the Island; a totally different preparation experience. 

 

Q What are your ultimate goals in road racing? 

 

A The Manx is the first step in achieving my ultimate goal which is to compete at a TT. I'll definitely get there.

 

Q What’s your favourite national circuit? 

 

A It’s a toss up between Armoy, Cookstown and Tandragee. All good for different reasons.

 

Q Having raced on short circuits, what’s the major difference for you between the short circuits and road racing? 

 

A Funnily enough I'm more nervous before a short circuit race than I am before a road race. I love the jumps and bumps and being on public roads. There's no real comparison to road racing. 

 

Q What made you decide to take on the roads? 

 

A From I started racing short circuits I'd always wanted to try the roads and after a few successful seasons on the short circuits I took the plunge and got hooked very quickly. 

 

Q Who is your road racing hero? 

 

A What Hicky is doing at the minute is superb but my all-time hero is everyone's favourite, Joey Dunlop.

 

Q Are there any sponsors or people you’d like to give a shout out to?

 

Fraser Houses

Bes Contracts 

Works Seevices

Mr Jones 

Ryan Lowry Painting & Decorating

Steven and Sharon

Road Racing Daily Davey Todd, riding for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing is now the second fastest newcomer in Isle Of Man TT history.

NEWCOMER DAVEY TODD SHINES FOR COOKSTOWN BURROWS ENGINEERING RACING

 

Rising roads star Davey Todd recorded a stunning 10th place finish yesterday in the RL360 Superstock race at the Isle Of Man TT on his way to becoming the second fastest newcomer in the event’s history. 

 

Todd has been enjoying some great results of late and most recently finished the North West 200 by claiming the top newcomer award. 

 

With a full complement of expertly prepared machinery being made available to him by The Cookstown Burrows Engineering team, and under the tutelage of the vastly experienced John Burrows, the Englishman’s results on the island have been steadily improving along with his lap times. 

 

In what perhaps will be labelled one of the greatest ever TT races, Todd more than exceeded expectations and showcased his credentials as a future contender for honours when he recorded a personal best lap of 127.890mph / 17:42:071s. 

 

Already the third fastest newcomer having lapped at 126.268mph during Saturday’s record breaking superbike race, this new lap time lifted him above Josh Brookes into second place on the all-time fastest newcomers list; only Peter Hickman now sits above him. No small feat indeed for the debutant and he now sits very high on an illustrious list. 

 

Making steady improvements throughout this year’s TT, Todd has impressed not only with his speed but also with his professional approach to racing and with the maturity he has shown on the track. To claim a top ten finish as a newcomer in yesterday’s hotly paced Superstock race shows just how quickly the promising star has taken to the mountain course. 

 

We caught up with with Davey and team principal John Burrows and they had this to say. 

 

Davey Todd:

 

“Absolutely awesome! Enjoying every second of it! I had no sketchy moments at all and was just trying to ride on the safe side of things and build myself up carefully! I can’t thank my awesome Burrows Engineering team enough for all the work they put in!”

 

John Burrows:

 

“As Davey is a newcomer it’s was difficult to know what to expect, there was never a doubt in his ability but the TT is something different. He has approached it in a professional manner, going quickly slowly, getting faster each night. To do what he’s doing is outstanding, If we achieve nothing more this week we are very happy as a team.”

 

“This week has been difficult for the riders losing Dan Kneen and Adam Lyon, our sympathy goes to their families.”

 

We certainly echo the sentiments expressed by John and our thoughts are with both Dan and Adam’s families as they are with those riders who have been injured. 

 

We wish Davey and the Cookstown Burrows Engineering team the very best for the remainder of the TT. 

 

Photo by RC Photos

Road Racing Daily Dan Kneen

My abiding memory of Dan Kneen is no doubt the the same for me as it will be for many of you reading this; his huge grin as I never saw him without it. No matter what was happening on the track you could always be sure to see him smiling. That every tribute I’ve read about the popular Manx rider has mentioned it is a testament to how everyone saw him, a genuine, friendly and approachable person who was not only polite, but always willing to spend time with his army of fans who admired him so much. 
 
Dan really came to prominence when he was enjoying a purple patch in his career riding for the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Team. That season saw him take on and beat the very best the sport has to offer. Open and grand final wins came rolling one after the other. Ultimately his dominance on the big bike led to him being crowned the 2014 Irish Roads Superbike Champion. 
 
At the Ulster Grand Prix that year, in what proved to be one of the most nail-biting finishes to any race, Dan won his first international race pipping Dean Harrison by a hairs breadth to claim a well deserved and hard fought Superstock race victory. 
 
What followed was a difficult few seasons by his own high standards as he toiled with various injury problems. Breaking his arm shortly after signing with Martrain Yamaha ensured his 2016 season was a stop-start affair with the Manxman sitting out the North West 200 and the Isle Of Man TT. 
 
However, signing for the Penz13 team in 2017 was a sign of a reversal in fortunes and a boost which meant that Dan would get invaluable time on the bike with the team's commitment to racing in the IRRC championship. 
 
At the 2017 Isle Of Man TT, Dan immediately made an impact during practice by running right at the front and shocking everyone else into action. It was a sign of things of things to come. Consistently running in the top 5 in all classes throughout practice resulted in a phenomenal podium finish in the Superstock TT race. What made that result even sweeter for the Manxman was that the result was gained on his own DTR machine. 
 
On to Imatranajo and there was more success for Kneen as he passed five riders in three laps to take a superbike victory for the Penz13 team, a victory which saw him beat fellow teammates Michael Rutter and Alex Polita. A win at Imatranajo shouldn't be discounted. The class of the field, coupled with the technical nature of the track means that any victory there requires serious skill as a racer.
 
So riding the crest of a wave Kneen found himself testing at Kirkistown on board a Tyco BMW less than a week before the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix; it was a decision which proved to be hugely popular within the road racing family. 
 
Dan never missed a beat all week at the UGP and for the briefest of time he was even the world's fastest road racer until Silicone Engineering's Dean Harrison claimed that crown. Both he and Harrison thrilled the crowds lining the Dundrod circuit that day as lap after lap Dan proved that he belonged right at the sharp end of the pack. His talent, pace, drive and determination never in doubt. 
 
Remaining with Tyco in 2018 saw Dan claim his third Tandragee 100 Grand Final win and break the outright lap record in the process. I caught up with him that weekend and as ever, he was warm and welcoming, totally charming with his trademark smile beaming. 
 
As fast and as good a racer as he was, what I will always remember from my moments with him is the friendly manner with which he greeted you, and the fact that after every time you met him you always left his prescence with a greater amount of admiration and respect for him as a person. 

Off the bike Dan was always willing to make an appearance at prize givings and around the paddock he was held in high esteem by fans, teams and riders alike. Most recently he even showed his skills in the commentary box. 
 
Truly we have lost someone special and the world is a poorer place today because of it.

 

IAN HUTCHINSON: THE RETURN

A man who flew largely under the radar and didn’t grab the headlines this year at the North West 200 as perhaps he should have done, is Ian Hutchinson. 

Fresh off a career threatening injury he sustained during last year’s Senior TT, the ‘Bingley Bullet’ defied the odds as he once more proved to everyone that his will and drive to compete is greater than ever. 

Under the blazing sun around the triangle, the Honda rider went about his business in his dogged customary fashion, and with his leg fixator removed only a few weeks ago, the Englishman produced the goods to show that he is back at a level where he can compete with the very best. 

Given the circumstances of his comeback and the lack of time he has had on the bike, his results on the North Coast were quite special indeed. 

A 16th place in Supersport Race 1 for Padgett’s Racing was followed by an 11th place in the Superstock race for marque Honda. Another 11th place followed in the feature race of the day which was won by Glenn Irwin for the second year in a row. 

On Thursday evening in Supersport Race 1, Hutchinson finished in a marvellous 7th spot and followed that result up with a 13th place in Superstock Race 1. 

All told I’m certain many will say that perhaps it’s an underwhelming comeback given his pedigree and tally of international race wins, but given the circumstances, it’s a truly spellbinding return to form for Hutchy; the man certainly has a proclivity for being a tenaciously determined rider. 

Visibly unable to move with full mobility, the doubters questioned his return but surely those voices have now been silenced. There can no longer be any doubt about the man’s ironclad will and it’s reasonable to assume he will only get better as he gains more time on the bike. 

Welcome back Hutchy, it wasn’t the same without you.

Road Racing Daily Paul Cranston at the 2018 Cookstown 100 - Photo by Road Racing Daily

PAUL CRANSTON: NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SCHOOL

When the bikes roll out onto the track at the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200, many of the plaudits which follow will be heaped upon the riders standing on the podium, but perhaps a huge chunk of the plaudits must go to the man who is now the event’s longest serving competitor. 

Paul Cranston, in his 41st year of racing, is a rider who by today’s standards largely flies under the radar; a racer who simply gets on with the business of racing and leaves it all out on the track. He arrives quietly at the paddock and without fuss wheels out his bike from the back of a van and goes to work with an attitude reminiscent of the great racers from days gone by.

The glitz and glamour so apparent with today’s factory teams has never been evident in Paul. I’m fairly certain the corporate world of the sport doesn’t know a character like his exists, and he’s all the better for playing by his own rules anyway.

Paul is a seasoned rider with an immense wealth of road racing nowse, and over his long and illustrious career he has raced alongside the biggest names of the sport. As those riders, and many of the road racing circuits have came and gone it is Paul who has remained, unassuming and resolute yet always fiercely determined to go racing.

When McAdoo Kawasaki won their first ever road race at the Cookstown 100 in 1983, it was Cranston on board who provided them with that maiden victory. Fast forward to 2018 and the same man was competing against his former team at this year’s Cookstown meeting, this time mixing it with the team’s young guns, James Cowton and Adam McLean. 

Perhaps a career highlight for the County Tyrone man was taking a win in the 1982 500cc Ulster Grand Prix race when he finished ahead of Sam McClements. 

Since those days Paul has adapted to the change in machinery and witnessed the sport evolve all whilst carrying on with his customary understated approach to racing. A throwback to how things used to be perhaps, but anyone witnessing him rounding the final bend at Tandragee last weekend and speeding off into the distance will attest to him not having lost much of his speed, or indeed his enthusiasm for the sport he has served so well. 

As thousands of road racing fans descend upon the North Coast next week, perhaps the younger generation or visitors not from the Emerald Isle will be cheering for those who are vying for premier class glory, but as those riders pass, be sure to keep your programmes waving in the air as Paul Cranston goes by, he’ll no doubt be not too far behind!

INTERVIEW WITH RISING ROADS STAR & NEW COOKSTOWN BURROWS ENGINEERING SUZUKI SIGNING DAVEY TODD. 

 

We caught up with Davey Todd ahead of the 2018 Road Racing season. 

 

The Englishman had a hugely impressive debut season on the roads in 2017 which led John Burrows to quickly employ his services for the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki team ahead of the 2018 roads campaign. 

 

Todd, a former 600cc Superstock short circuits rider was quick to turn his hand to racing the roads and he consistently put himself in the mix throughout last season, often besting more seasoned riders than himself. Shining performances at Armoy and Dundrod in particular showcased his growing potential. 

 

Now with a full complement of expertly prepared machinery being made available to him, and with his debut at the Isle of Man to come, 2018 looks set to become a highly exciting and potentially successful season on the tarmac for one of the sport’s brightest prospects. 

 

Q. You immediately caught the attention of everyone in the road racing fraternity with consistently impressive performances last season; was road racing always something to which you anticipated trying?

 

A. Road racing was definitely something I've always thought was super cool, but I didn't get into racing sports bikes until a few years ago. I hadn’t thought about racing the roads until a year ago. My life always revolved around racing off-road so I never really got round to think about it until it was here!

 

Q. You have signed for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing in 2018, how did that come about and what benefit will it bring being surrounded by such pros like John Burrows, his team and fellow teammate Derek Sheils? 

 

A. It is an absolute dream for me signing for Burrows Engineering! John gave me a shot on his supertwin and supertock bikes at Killalane towards the end of last year and from that point I knew that was the team I wanted to ride for. The entire team is so knowledgable and organised and with john being a top racer himself, he has a wealth of valuable knowledge that I think will help me progress a huge amount! 

 

Q. How have you found the switch from short circuit racing to the roads? 

 

A. The switch from short circuits to the road is a huge jump. I never thought it would be so different! That being said the change is good. I love the circuits, the people, and the atmosphere on the roads, It’s so relaxed which really suits me! I definitely feel as though I can still be competitive on circuits and I’d like to go back to it at some point and be able to race both, but I definitely don't have any plans to stop road racing. 

 

Q. From the first time the Irish fans saw you race in 2017 there was a huge buzz and growing expectation surrounding you, have you felt the support from the fans here in Ireland? 

 

A. The Irish fans and people in general are awesome! It’s one of the things I really love about racing on the roads here in Ireland! I couldn't ask to be welcomed and treated any better by the whole Irish road racing community so for that I'm grateful! I know I can live up to the expectation with an awesome team like Burrows Engineering behind me!

 

Q. You’re heading to the Isle of Man TT this year; how has the preparation been going?

 

A. The preparation for the TT is certainly tough. I just didn't really think about how big a task it would be until my first trip over there which made it sink in just how big a task it would be. I’ve put in the work taking lots of trips over to the island which wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support from the TT organisation team of Paul, Sophie, Milky and Johnny. I’ve also watched hundreds of hours of onboard footage and even played the all new Isle of Man TT game, which i think shows how much my work has payed off as I'm ranked 3rd in the world with a 15min 28s lap time (I’ll certainly be happy if I can match that in June, haha!). 

 

Q. You’ve already experienced riding at Dundrod, why was it like to take on the world’s fastest road race? 

 

A. Dundrod circuit and the Ulster GP was an awesome event and amazing to experience my first International there; sadly we experienced lots of bike issues which hindered us results-wise. I can't wait to get back there this year on the super fast Burrows Engineering Suzuki GSXR 1000!

 

Q. How do you see this year playing out and what are your expectations for the coming season?

 

A. It’s hard to say what my expectations are really with me being a newcomer at most of the circuits at which I’ll be racing, but I know with such a good team behind me I'm definitely going to be aiming to challenge at the front of the irish nationals on the supertwin, supersport and superbike! With regards to the international events I’ll just aim to do as well as I possibly can and see where we end up!

 

Q. Are there any sponsors or people you’d like to say thanks to?

 

A. Id like to say a huge thanks to Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing for giving me this awesome opportunity in 2018. Super pleased to be working with Michelin Tyres for 2018! Massive thanks to Worthington Property Development, Bathmate, Whitemountain 4X4, Kavia Moulded Products, Nameplate Services, Drake Rochdale Ltd and LR Designs for the awesome support (and Bathmate Products), proud to be wearing the BEST kit in the business Arai Helmets, RST Leathers, TCX Boots and 151's compression clothing also a huge thanks to all of the Teams sponsors. I want to give a huge shout to HGR Supermoto team for running me on an awesome Husqvarna supermoto bike which is a massive help to my riding and huge thanks to all the supermoto teams sponsors too: Michelin, Alpina UK, Dave Clarke Racing, Supermoto UK, SJP Moto, Links Plant Equipment, SP Electronics, AS3 Performance, DRC Race Leathers, NK Transport, Rock Oil, JWR Suspension.

 

Q. Lastly, do you have a favourite road racing circuit?

 

A. Now picking a favourite circuit would be difficult as I really do love all the ones I've done and theres so many I haven't done yet that I'm really looking forward to racing at! However, I really enjoyed Armoy and Skerries but at the same time Dundrod has something very special about it especially with it being so fast, but id be lying if I said I wasn't bursting at the seams to race around the Isle of man TT mountain course.

 

We wish Davey and the Burrows team all the very best for the coming season and thanks to Davey for taking part in this interview. 

INSPIRATIONAL EX-SOLDIER CHRIS GANLEY AIMS TO TAKE ON THE ISLE OF MAN TT 

 

Motorcycle racing isn’t for the faint hearted. In essence, the sport attracts participants who are both brave and free spirited. Racers possess rare qualities, a genuine zest for life that can’t be diminished, and a competitiveness that drives them to take risks others wouldn’t dare dream of. It’s why we as fans find them so captivating and easy to root for. 

 

One such rider is Chris Ganley. 

 

Chris is an army veteran from Clevedon who served two tours in Afghanistan before losing his left arm in a motorcycle accident back in 2014. 

 

An avid motorcycle fan, Chris was determined not to allow his injury to stand in the way from him racing his bike, and so with some clever modifications and a bullish attitude, within six months of his crash, he was back on a bike where he now competes in the GB Thundersport Championship.  

 

However, not content with riding his bike on short circuits, Chris has set himself the ultimate goal for any racer, he wants to take on the Isle Of Man TT. We caught up with this amazing racer and wanted to know exactly how he plans on achieving this. 

 

Q. Had you competed in any form of bike racing before your accident, or was it the accident that gave you the impetus to try racing?

 

A. I was involved with the Army Road Racing team and was spannering for a few of the riders. I managed to buy a Yamaha YZF 600 Thundercat to strip and rebuild to race for the Army team, but by the time I was ready to apply for my ACU licence to compete, I had the accident which not only took my life away but made the simplest of things difficult. During my stay in the hospital, I came up with an idea of how to ride again. I spoke to a gentleman called Danny Campion, who manages to race with only one leg and one arm due to amputation. He confirmed to me that it was possible for me to ride again. I aimed to race for the Army before I finished my service - Something I never got to do due to the accident. So, whereas I never raced before the accident, the idea of it kept me fighting.

 

Q. How have you found competing in the ultra-competitive Thundersport series?

 

A. I have found Thundersport a very approachable club. They have fully supported me knowing the series I race in is extremely hard for riders of all experience, including those who have all their limbs. I didn’t know how fast the club was until I turned up for my first race meet. I almost gave up after the qualifying laps as I have never been so scared in my life, but the army team members who I knew came over and gave me some military encouragement to get out for the first race and then told me to see how I felt once I had completed it. I’m so glad I did. Some racers came to watch me at the start just to see how I could do it, and since competing at more races, the racers in my series encourage me to get faster, keeping my dream alive so now It’s not so daunting! I’m focusing on getting faster and trying the best I can to keep up.

 

Q. What are the modifications you have had to make to be able to ride the bike at a competitive level? 

 

A. I thought of adapting the bike in different ways but always arrived at the same result, "You need the clutch to pull away"! So I took a step back and thought about it logically if my left hand operates the clutch all I have to do is move it behind the front brake. As I started with the Thundercat, I found the amount of gear changing was a lot for one hand so having a longer time between gear shifts will make it easier and the best way of doing that was to get a bigger engine. That’s when I bought my dream bike, a Yamaha R1. Right away the handling was better, I had more time for gear shifts, and with more torque, there was more margin for error. Once I fitted a quick shifter and blipper, all I needed was the clutch to pull away and to stop; the rest of my bike is a standard set-up.

 

The stress of breaking on the bike was causing me to use a lot of energy and to keep the bike stable. A tech marshal came up with the idea of fitting some hard foam under my chest, so the weight from braking goes through the bike rather than me and increases stability. When we first tried it, it took 4/5 seconds off a lap. I now have a company involved called Pri-Tex who deal with vehicle acoustics, and they are going to help build up the perfect pads for my riding style.

 

Q. What drew you to the thought of competing at the Isle of Man TT? 

 

A. When I with the Army Road Racing Team, they had riders who competed at the Manx GP. I went with them to do a little mechanic work and to hold lap boards. I remember being in absolute awe with the roads and couldn't believe the skill involved. I thought to myself, ‘If I want to race this is going to be what I race for‘. For me, that is true racing. After the accident, I tried the Thundercat then upgraded to the R1 and also upgraded my dream! 

 

Q. I’ve already shown myself that your only limitations are the ones you set for yourself and remembered someone saying there was a one-armed man who races the Manx GP called Chris Mitchel, so I aimed to emulate him. He’s my inspiration to keep pushing and if he can get to Manx GP then what’s stopping me from competing at the Isle of Man TT.  I swear by a quote, “Nothing is impossible, you just haven't figured it out yet". 

 

A. Have you set a time as to when you want to be there taking part?  

 

I’m aiming for 2023, so I need to keep hitting my milestones to get there. I’ve just obtained my first race licence, so next up is the Clubman’s licence. I have to get ten signatures completing the races within 10% of the fastest racer, as long as I can get my ten signatures this year I’ll be looking at road races next year, but I must keep improving and that why I’m glad to be in the Thundersport Championship. 

 

As you can tell, Chris possesses the mindset of a motorcycle racer, and in particular, a road racer. It’s not too difficult to imagine seeing him flash down Bray Hill on his way to completing the dream of racing the world famous TT circuit. 

 

When he gets there, he plans to ride in the Superstock and Superbike classes where I’m certain he’ll have the backing of every TT fan.

 

It’s not just the TT however that has caught his attention. The heart and soul of road racing lie in Ireland and along with the Southern 100, the Ulster Grand Prix is another circuit Chris would like to race at one day.  

 

Chris would like to thank the following people and businesses for their continued support.

 

Clevedon motorcycles who helped me from the beginning. Pure Riding Essentials which I have set up to try and help fund my dream and adapting other bikes for other disabled riders. 

 

2nd HND (which I love as I’m the one armed man sponsored by the second-hand shop), who gave me the funds last season to get to my first race. Janet and Andy Thomas who have donated to every race to keep my team going. Blesma, which is a charity for limbless veterans. Blesma has paid for the seasons of racing and my tires to keep me going. Bridgewater and Taunton college who have their students keeping my bike serviceable and presentable for this season. Fuchs Silcoline who have given the oils and fluids needed. PR17 who has been doing my PR and Marketing to get my name out there. Bigger Brighter Bolder who help with my mindset before each race and keep me focused on my target. Evolution Complete Business sales LTD who have helped out for the 2018 season.

 

‘I would like to thank my parents as they had to go through the pain of my accident and then watch me get back on the thing that almost killed me and support me even tho they aren't keen on the idea, my in-laws as they are extremely proud of what I've achieved. My team G-Rex Racing which is Anthony Stevens and Toby French who have been my track-side mechanics from the start and who are also both missing limbs but still inspire me to keep going. Most of all my wife and son, Charlotte and Alexander, who have supported me through some troubling times and supported what I want to do, no matter what!'

 

If you wish to help Chris realise his dream of racing at the Isle of Man TT, then you can help fund his racing here at www.chrisganleyracing.co.uk, and follow him on his social media platforms.

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