SMT Honda are set to miss the ninth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship after their dismal luck struck again when Tom Grant was involved in a massive accident at Knockhill.
A weekends of highs and lows for the single-bike team, Grant did a fine job in the first race when he ran comfortably inside the top ten before eventually being shuffled to what was still a season-best result of 11th.
He was running equally well in the second race too when he was the innocent victim of a frightening crash for David Johnson, the Maxxis rider losing control of his similar Honda heading into the first corner and slamming into the side of Grant.
Despite the ferocity of the incident, Grant has no broken bones, although he has been left with an arm injury and underwent an operation to relieve pressure in his hand.
“What can I say - bad luck strikes again for SMT Honda! Tom didn't get a great start he was up inside the points when he got taken out. Tom was riding well but simply got hit by a fallen rider and he didn't know what had hit him. He's in a lot of pain right now and although x-rays have shown nothing is broken, his arm got crushed by the impact and his hand has swollen up so he's gone to the hospital for an operation to relieve the pressure.
A season riddled with woes for the SMT team after lead rider Adam Jenkinson was ruled out of action for several months back at Thruxton, the team are now likely to miss the next round at Cadwell Park rather than search for their fourth different rider of the year.
“At this moment in time, it looks unlikely that we'll be at Cadwell but we'll have to see. The bike is working well and we've got a good, young rider in Tom so lets hope we can be back out on the grid soon."