MIST fighting to get on Oulton grid

MIST Racing are facing a race against time to get back on the grid for the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park following Matt Bond's accident at Brands Hatch.

The Cup competitors were making their BSB bow at Brands Hatch having switched from the FIM Superstock stage, but their race debut lasted just a single lap when Bond was eliminated by Tom Tunstall's rider-less Hardinge Honda on the exit of Clearways.

Sending both machine and rider crashing down, although Bond escaped with only minor injuries, his Suzuki GSX-R1000 was not quite so lucky, with much of the bike being destroyed, including the new 2009 Ohlins gas forks.

It means the team is facing a funding shortfall to get the bike prepared in time for the following round at Oulton Park.

"Of course we were heartbroken to see all our hard work and very limited budget get destroyed in one move that was totally outside of our control but at least Matt is relatively okay,” said team manager Mike Edwards.

“We have proved to ourselves that even with the bike being nowhere near finished compared to the others we are capable of fighting for podiums in the Superbike Cup championship and beating a few factory supported riders along the way. I think we can do well this season if we can just get ourselves back on track for the next round."

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Matt Bond - MIST Suzuki
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