Matt Bond #18
A bit of waffle from us:
How did we come across Matt? Well, if we remember right it was through our other Sponsored Kunst Craig Robertson. We ended up having a bit of chat and Matt threw some ideas our way. He got that involved as a member of the KunstSquad the natural step up was to become a Sponsored Kunst.
So here he is, midway through the Enduro season – 'cause we've been slow getting sorted! There's even a 'season so far' race report going up on the Kunst Blog stat. We've a special project planned for the future . . . that'll be early next year all being well ; D
Matt took his first steps into the world of motorcycling at the tender age of 7, racing in local motocross events in and around East Anglia. This lead to the first in a long line of successes, culminating in multiple Eastern Centre Schoolboy Motocross titles, selection to represent the Eastern Centre Team at the National Team Championships and Top 15 finishes in the British Youth Motocross Series.
At age 13 he was offered the chance to switch to Road Racing, in the highly competitive Aprilia Superteen Series. After competing with Casey Stoner, Chaz Davies, Carl Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Sam and Alex Lowes, Matt took home a 6th place finish in the series. After finding his lanky frame too much of a squeeze for the little 125cc machines, he jumped on-board the NRP Suzuki MiniTwin for the 2004 BMCRC Series. That year he took home the BMCRC 400/650 Championship, as well as 2nd Place in the BMCRC MiniTwins series.
For 2005 Matt began a long lasting relationship with MIST Suzuki, piloting their SV650 to the MRO National MiniTwins titles, taking 36 race wins and setting four new lap records in the process. 2006 saw him take the jump to the international stage, racing in the European Superstock 600 series. Running as a support event for the World Superbike Series, Matt took home a season high 6th place finish at Brands Hatch, before further Top 10 finishes later in the season.
A move up to the FIM World Superstock 1000 series presented the biggest challenge of his career, and after two difficult seasons, Matt returned to race in the UK in the much acclaimed British Superbike Series. Unfortunately financial difficulties meant his season was cut short, despite a podium finish at Snetterton. Matt was left without a ride for the rest of the season and so curtailed a successful career.
After a few years hiding in the shadows – and having to get a real job – Matt returned to the world of off road motorsport, competing in the 2016 SEEC Enduro Championship. A superb first season, returning to fitness and trying to dodge trees, saw him take home a 9th place finish in the championship . . . and a few new bumps, bruises and battle scars.
2017 sees Matt back competing in the SEEC Enduro series onboard a KTM 200 EXC, aiming to improve on last year’s performances, and hopefully picking up some podium finishes along the way.
From the mouth of Matt:
"As soon as I saw the Kunstvoller brand I thought to myself that it was something I really wanted to get involved with. The KunstSquad are a bunch of absolute lunatics, which is what makes it even more fun! I'm really pleased to be part of it, and I can't wait to see what the future brings!" Matt Bond.
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