"Nothing is imposible ! You just haven't figured it out yet"
Below is the full interview with Chris Dawes and Rob Jones from The Castle Combe Circuit and media team.
I would like to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone thats helped me reach the final total on my Go fund me page, I honestly did not expect this response! It has by far exceeded my expectations, I cant believe the generosity of everyone that has helped.
I am now in a position where I have had replies from company’s and manufacturers who are also donating equipment and parts for the bike which I now won't need to purchase from the Go fund Me money, this means that after I have purchased my spares for the R6 race bike the remaining funds will go into building and adapting bikes again for more impaired riders, this was also a project that was effected by the fire in the college.
The R6 I will be racing at Thundersport GB in 2021 is currently at Clevedon motorcycles awaiting parts to arrive so we can put it back together and race at Snetterton with Thundersport GB.
Here are some of the firms and companies that have got me to the position I am now in -
Junction 20 and Somerset braking have donated time and parts.
Fuchs Silkoline are sponsoring me with lubricants and oils for the season.
Pipewerx have supplied a exhaust system and floor mat.
R&G are helping with crash protection.
Bennets Insurance have offered me a full track day.
TTT Village are helping with some reduced racing parts for the R6.
The bike is starting to be assembled in the garage and get well on its way for the start of the season which looks like Snetterton 1st-3rd May Bank Holiday weekend.
None of the above would have been possible if it wasn’t down to the outstanding generosity of individuals that has donated to my Go Fund Me page also offered products, gifts, time and support to me and my team to get where we are today.
Were in a much better position than a few weeks ago just after the fire, it is incredible what has happened in such a short period of time. I am truly overwhelmed.
Thank you seems such a inadequate word to use, its difficult to express my gratitude and appreciation we feel right now, we are all indebted and overwhelmed with this response and can’t thank you all enough.
The situation is now that the requested total has been reached, I will be closing the Go fund me page at the end of this week, I will give updates and progress reports on the new R6 race bike on my website as often as I can.
I really look forward in thanking you all in person in the paddock over the year.
Its now time to say Finally - Lets go racing in 2021.
These are the first pictures of the devastation caused by a large fire which ripped through Bridgwater and Taunton College last night.
Crews from across the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Area were called to the college in Bridgwater at 3.30am today to reports of a large fire
At the height of the blaze, flames were leaping upto 30 foot into the air - with smoke being seen from miles around.
Fire crews managed to contain the blaze to the motorcycle and motorsport workshops on the campus.
The fire is now out and crews remain on site damping down and checking for hotspots.
These pictures were taken by crews from Bovey Tracey Fire Station who were called to help tackle the blaze.
The college is closed today to all staff and students.
And investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.
Chris Ganley hopes to make history by being the first to race the TT circuit with only one arm. The military veteran and rifleman from Clevedon, who suffered extreme and life-changing injuries after a motorcycling accident now aims to compete in the ‘deadly’ race in 2023.
Despite the accident, Chris’ passion for motorcycles didn't change. He bought himself a Yamaha YZF 600 Thundercat and was hoping to race for his army’s team, but devastatingly, he never got the chance to do so before being discharged from the army for the injuries he sustained.
When he finally tried to come to terms with what had happened, He suffered severely with depression and thought he would be unable to ride a motorcycle again.
To overcome his struggle, Chris started fixing bikes to sell but knew he had to try to ride them one last time.
He booked a track day to see if he could ride his motorcycle with one arm. Once he made it out on track, it gave him a reason to live again and said “Being back on the bike gave me a new view on life. I changed my ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’.”
Chris now races in the Thundersport GB Championship, competing against able-bodied riders of all levels, where he finished 3rd in his first race and 4th overall in the championship - an outstanding reflection of hard work and determination after experiencing life-changing injuries. ”
In the photograph above are the people behind Chris Ganley Racing, they believed in me from the start, My mechanics, friends, supporters and family.
Without your understanding, hard work and dedication none of this would be ever possible.
Thank you so much to everyone.
The full list of ThundersportGB dates are now as follows:-
Brands Hatch - cancelled due to covid-19 restrictions
Snetterton (Test Day - Saturday 1st May)
Snetterton (BH* Weekend - 2nd & 3rd May)
Cadwell Park (Test Day - Saturday 29th May)
Cadwell Park (BH* Weekend - 30th & 31st May)
Mallory Park (Test Day - Friday 25th June)
Mallory Park (Weekend - 26th & 27th June)
Donington Park (Test Day - Friday 23rd July)
Donington Park (Weekend - 24th & 25th July)
Anglesey (Test Day - Saturday 28th August)
Anglesey (BH* Weekend - 29th & 30th August)
Oulton Park (Test Day - Friday 17th September)
Oulton Park (Race Day - Saturday 18th September)
Cadwell Park (Test Day - Friday 15th October)
Cadwell Park (Weekend - 16th & 17th October)