BTC Motorcycle students take on Yamaha R1 project to accommodate one arm amputee, Chris Ganley

Bridgwater & Taunton College Motorcycle students and staff are servicing and maintaining Chris Ganley's Yamaha R1 Racebike to accommodate one arm amputee.

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April 2018 - R1 Racebike Programme

We had a really challenging day on the Saturday at Donington Park, Chris found a good set up and by the end of the weekend had improved his PB lap time by 6 seconds!

The bike handled really well and he has now been able to upgrade his race license.

We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom this project would not be possible.

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans
FUCHS Lubricants UK plc
Pritex Ltd
2ndhand.com
Pure Riding Essentials
PR17 - Motorsport PR Services

Remember it is not too late to sponsor Chris Ganley Racing and have your or your company name adorning this beautiful race bike.

I would also like to congratulate every student on the Motorcycle and Body & Paint study programs here at Bridgwater & Taunton College. We are very proud of your professionalism and dedication to the project, we value the added time and effort you have put into to the race bike, your commitment cannot be faulted.

We now have a quick turn around of three days to prepare the bike for Oulton Park, we wish Chris and everyone involved all the success for next weekend.

Due to requests, we will soon be posting some of the technical changes we have made to the bike on our Facebook page, follow to keep up to date!

March 2018 - Thundersport Season (R1 Racebike Programme)

BTC Motorcycle and BTC Body Repair and Paint studies, in association with G-Rex Racing. are proud to unveil Chris Ganley Racing's R1 Racebike for the 2018 Thundersport season.

We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom this project would not be possible.

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans
FUCHS Lubricants UK plc
Pritex Ltd
2ndhand.com
Pure Riding Essentials
PR17 - Motorsport PR Services

Remember it is not too late to sponsor Chris and have your or your company name adorning this beautiful race bike.

We would also like to congratulate every student on the Motorcycle and Body & Paint study programs here at Bridgwater & Taunton College. We are very proud of your professionalism and dedication to the project, we value the added time and effort you have put into to the race bike, your commitment cannot be faulted.

The first race meeting of the season will be held at Donington Park 23 - 25 March 2018. The students will then service and prepare the bike for round 2 at Oulton Park 20 - 21 April 2018. As the season progresses, the students will attempt to improve the bike in the Bridgwater & Taunton College motorcycle workshop in an attempt to reduce Chris's lap times.

We wish Chris and G-Rex Racing, in association with Bridgwater & Taunton College, and all of our sponsors, all the best for the season ahead. It is a fantastic opportunity for every party involved in this amazing project.

January 2018 - New Year, New Project

The new year has brought us a very exciting project.  Chris Ganley's R1 race bike. This year, Chris' target is to reduce his overall lap time in order to gain his road racing license. In order to achieve this, he must increase his overall lap speed by 0.5mph. Once this has been achieved, he will be able to compete in events such as the North West 200 with the future target being set on the Isle of Mann TT.

While this would be a challenge for most people, Chris is achieving this despite losing his left arm in a motorcycle accident. The bike has already been modified to be ridden one handed with the clutch lever being moved to underneath the front brake lever and a support being fitted to the tank.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be supporting Chris by improving the bike. First on our list is to manufacture a new, bespoke tank-support to aid his cornering and manufacturing a new set of gear change linkages. This is with the help and support of our colleagues in the Engineering department.

In order to give Chris the best possible support and a chance of success, we are looking for potential sponsors or donations of 2010 R1 Service kits for the engine and braking systems, as well as an oil sponsor for the season.

Any dealerships would also be able to have their logo/image on the bike. The bike would be available for promotional purposes.

If you are interested in following Chirs' progress we will continue to update the College Motorcycle Facebook page so please follow, and if you are interested in helping Chris then you can message us through this page.

You can view Chris' progress so far on YouTube.

Thank you for your support, it would be fantastic to see a Somerset biker be the first one-armed racer to reach the TT!

For more information, contact Sholto Downs, by email.