One-Armed Rider Makes Manx GP History

Chris Mitchell lost his left arm in a motorcycle accident back in 2001, but it looks like this mishap was only a minor obstacle in his life. August 28th saw Chris making history at the Manx TT on the famous and insanely-extreme Snaefell circuit: he became the first one-armed rider to complete a race around the Mountain Course.
One-Armed Rider Chris Mitchell Completex Manx GP 1 photo
Photo: JCFoto
BigMitch, 42, an accountant by trade, rode his BMR Suzuki SV650 Supertwin around the iconic Isle of Man TT circuit with an average speed of 99.134 mph (159.506 km/h), and was the 11th out of 20 competitors in the Manx Grand Prix Newcomer's B race.

His bike was built and customized by JHS Racing, and it has been modified for single-handed operation.

Chris went back on two wheels in 2004, after the crash at the Mountain Course which costed him the use of an arm. First learning how to ride single-handed on a scooter, he went for an R6 two years later and started racing on the track in 2007.

Sneers and skepticism did not hold BigMitch back, and with massive support from wife Trudy, daughter Ellie, his mom and friends, he finally saw his dream come true, and writing his name in the Manx GP history books.

Can you imagine him becoming so fast to aim for the podium? All our best wishes to Chris Mitchell and his inspiring performance.
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