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In 2003 Chris, then aged 12, acted as a test and promotion rider and rode the all new MetraKit MiniGP.
His inspired riding and many wins, usually against machines of much greater capacity,
earned him great respect from spectators and riders alike. At the end of that year
he was voted "Junior Rider of the Year" by the New Era Club.
In 2004 he moved on to ride in the MRO 125cc Championship on his own very standard RS125 Honda prepared by Chapman Tyrell racing. He won the series and impressed all with his outstanding riding speed and skill.
In 2005 he was signed to ride in the "Red Bull Rookie" team at the British Championship events throughout the UK.
The photos above and to the right show Chris at Mallory Park on the Metrakit MiniGP70.
The photo below shows Chris standing by the Metrakit MiniGP70 just before the start of a race at the Three Sisters Circuit. All photos are from 2003.
The photo to the right shows Chris receiving his (very large) certificate following his overall third place (on a very standard bike loaned for the event) at the first MiniGP Festival at the Valencian GP Circuit in December 2003.
On Monday the 29th of August 2005, following a start line accident at Cadwell Park in Linconshire involving nine riders, a critically injured Chris was flown by helicopter to hospital. He died from his injuries the following day. Chris will be sadly missed by all him knew personally or by reputation and he will not be forgotten. Motorcycle racing is a dangerous sport but Chris had the bravery and competitive spirit that took him well on the way to the top in that sport. We know that he would have reached the very top.
You will never be forgotten Chris.