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Bond shaken and stirred

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:26 05 July 2010

NORTH Suffolk racer Matt Bond faces a race against time and money after a 100mph crash ruined his latest round of the FIM World Superstock 1000 Cup.

After an eventful race weekend at Assen, Bond was looking for better luck at the Italian circuit of Monza.

NORTH Suffolk racer Matt Bond faces a race against time and money after a 100mph crash ruined his latest round of the FIM World Superstock 1000 Cup.

After an eventful race weekend at Assen, Bond was looking for better luck at the Italian circuit of Monza.

The weekend didn't start well for the 21-year-old however, as on the very first lap of the opening practice session Bond suffered a mechanical failure when a valve “dropped” inside his engine.

Undeterred, Bond and the MIST Suzuki team simply took some of the data and settings from team mate Gareth Jones' bike. It was a race against time but the team preformed superbly, and Bond took to the track with only a few minutes of qualifying having passed.

Bond set a time just shy of his team-mates, ending the session 32nd from 40 riders, just 3.1 seconds off the provisional pole time.

Day two saw Bond once again improve, rising up into the top 30 in morning practice, and despite the pain he was suffering from the shoulder damaged at Assen, he battled on bravely to 33rd on the grid by the end of qualifying, 2.2seconds off of pole.

For the race, a good start from Bond was soon made void as a massive crash involving 11 bikes took place entering the opening chicane, forcing Bond to take avoiding action and run wide.

Fortunately a gap was found and the Suzuki GSXR1000 rider made it through the carnage.

By the end of lap one Bond was up to 17th and battling with a train of riders in a group leading up to the top 12, but it was not to last long.

As Bond exited the ultra fast fifth gear “Curva Grande” he was hit from behind, forcing him into the back of a fellow competitor.

The impact was so severe it launched Bond over the front of his machine and hurled him to the ground at over 100mph.

The impact left Bond slightly dazed and re-aggravated the injury in his shoulder and also damaged the muscles in his neck.

All of Bond's race leathers, helmet, gloves and boots had done their job well, but were a complete wreck, much like his machine, which took the brunt of the impact on the forks and frame.

Bond now faces a battle to be back to fitness for the next round at the famous Nurburgring circuit and now also requires a sponsor to finance a new set of kit, following the incident.

If you can help please contact Matt on 07786 557 787 or e-mail mtbond63@yahoo.co.uk

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