Two incredible racers, each one beating the odds to survive near-fatal motorcycle accidents and left with life changing disabilities, now compete against able- bodied racers. Talan Skeels-Piggins, the founder of the team decided to challenge those who said it couldn’t be done, he has changed British motorsport forever and given hope, inspiration and motivation to thousands worldwide.
In June 2012 British Motorsport experienced its first paraplegic motorcycle racer compete in an able-bodied motorcycle race. Since then, a further five paraplegics have gone on to gain their race licences and many more amputees (leg and arm) have also become licenced racers.
For the 2019 season, the Talan Racing team is made up of two disabled racers (both paraplegics), along with a further four team members to assist the racers (mechanics and launch crew). The paralysed racers have to start the race from the back of the grid, no matter where they qualify, but they don't mind as they are out on the circuit and racing.
The team are now part of the Yamaha racing family, as an Official Yamaha Supported Race Team. This partnership means the racers will be competing with 2018 YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 machines.
Since the team formed in 2015, there have been numerous podium finishes from the various racers. In 2017 Andy took his GSXR750K2 to third place in the overall Thunderbike Extreme Rookie Championship. In 2018, Talan won the 600cc World Championship (paralysed class) with a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes in the International Bridgestone Handy Race series (the world championships for disabled racers). These racers are not just making up the numbers, but are actively battling for podium places and championship points.
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