At the age of 17 i joined the Army, at the time i joined a regiment called the Royal Gloustershire Barkshire Wiltshire regiment (RGBW Li) which amalgamated into The Rifles, i got to travel around and enjoyed the life of a soldier, i also completed a couple of tours of Afghanistan, ever since i was a kid i always wanted a motorbike so after my second tour i finally thought ill take the leap to finally do my licence (never once looked back).
one day while in battalion i heard about a bike maintenance course being run, the amount of little bits i done on my bike i thought it would be good to know if i was doing it right, i searched for who ran it which turned out to be my own Company Sarjent Major, Mr Ian Evans, asking if it was alright for me to join.
He Asked if i had a bike which i did (Yamaha R6, which comes back later on in the story) and realized that i did my own work on my bike, Ian said for me on friday morning to get a truck, his bike and all his gear as he was racing that weekend and wanted me to work on his bike for the weekend,
So i took Ian's bike and kit up to Donington park, i saw my first race first hand, i was in awe and even thought i could give this ago, so i left that first weekend ever seeing racing and had my mind set to race for the army, so much so i left with a Yamaha YZF 600 Thundercat that i was going to prepare to race on,
in the mean time i was then asked to go to the isle of man and help out two riders for the Manx GP road racing, and again the love fell even harder, all i wanted to do is get to the roads my heart was set......
Just under a year on and the race bike was almost ready, i was finding time between work and licence courses to finally take the plunge, i woke up one day unsure where i was, but the most confusing thing was my arm in a cast on a stand hanging above my bed, i tried to take it down but no joy, so i went to use my other hand to take it down, but nothing was there, wow that was confusing,
Over the next couple of days i started to remember what happened while finding out the fact my arm's was not the only problem i had, i had a motorcycle accident on my 25th birthday, did not see that coming.
Over the week i was thinking of different ways i could get riding again and a friend of mine got me in touch with a gentleman called Danny Campion (legend of a man) who raced with one leg and one arm, who confirmed my idea's about the adaptions and proved that is was possible, there was me wondering about one arm, to talk to someone who had an extra challenge proved that i had no excuse.
In my mind at this point i lost my career, i lost my life and this was like going back to the start again, so i couldn't let my dreams of racing be stopped.
I spent my time rebuilding my Thundercat which was my therapy at home, while undergoing physical and mental therapy at Headley court with the military, it was 6 months i rebuilt and even road my bike again, this was a real game changer, i needed to get on track, not even a year after the accident i was on track and loved it more than i thought i would,
So, i bought an Yamaha R1 2010 to go forwards with my dream, but since that jump to the bigger bike was taken so did my dreams of road racing, go big or go home, i want to see if its possible to make it to the isle of man TT Road races, i spent a few years getting familiar with the bike and get more comfortable before taking the leap.
I felt ready, race time, my first race was Snetterton with Thundersport GB i was in a GP1 Freshman class, the dream has started, over the coming couple of years i was getting faster and faster, and even to this day i'm faster every time i have been on the same track,
but at the beginning of 2021 i lost everything in a fire at the college who sponsored me, bike, spares, tools, generator and pretty much everything that saved me when i lost everything in that day,
My friend convinced me to make a crowd fund to get at least a bike together to race for the season, which was the Yamaha R6 that i had (the one at the start of the story) the kindness of people saved my dream and i cant thank everyone enough,
At the end of 2021 i turned a few heads with the performance i put in over the year, i was asked to join True Heroes Racing in the British SuperBike paddock as the first ever racer with my level of disability to make to the Track of such a high level of racing.
This is now the Real Beginning...........
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