Soldiers back in the saddle

Richie talks to Troy Corser following his ride: "It was a great experience and one I can't get out of my head. The feeling of being back on a bike was absolutely brilliant and it made me feel like...me. Something I haven't felt for a long time."
Richie talks to Troy Corser following his ride: "It was a great experience and one I can't get out of my head. The feeling of being back on a bike was absolutely brilliant and it made me feel like...me. Something I haven't felt for a long time."
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Injured soldiers who thought they would never again experience the thrill of riding a motorcycle had smiles put on their faces this month at Silverstone Circuit.

Earlier this month the circuit teamed up with charity Mission Motorsport and Fast Bikes magazine to host the first Forces Bike Track Day.

The Mission Motorsport group receive a briefing from the instructors

The Mission Motorsport group receive a briefing from the instructors

Talan Skeel-Piggins, a former Royal Navy flight controller paralysed after a motorcycle accident, said the day showed it is possible to get over the psychological barriers which stop riders getting back in the saddle and added: “It was magical to see each rider grow in confidence, develop self belief and wear the biggest smiles ever.”

Participants were able to re-learn riding skills away from public roads with guidance of experts using adapted bikes. World Superbike champion Troy Corser was also on hand to support the riders.