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Les Shand in Race to Make the TT

Author: Anon
Posted on: Saturday, May 20 2006

However, a painful end to the race meeting saw Shand (28), from Mosstodloch, involved in a 90mph crash which left him nursing a broke collarbone and damaged right hand.

It will now be a battle against time to be fit for the first practice sessions next weekend for the prestigious Isle of Man TT races.

"I'll be going to Ipswich on Monday for some laser treatment and will then head over to the Isle of Man a week earlier to spend some time in the hyperbaric chamber. This will speed up the healing process and give me the best chance of being 100% fit, " said Shand.

Riding his regular Barron Transport Honda, Shand overcame a sluggish start in the Superstock race - his third of the day - to move into sixth place but on the exit of the Corona Chicane on the final lap he clipped the kerb and crashed out at 90mph.

Shand had claimed a solid seventh place in the opening Superbike race; however, the Supersport 600cc event saw him claim a podium.

He broke the lap record on no fewer than three occasions. Bruce Anstey had opened up a gap on Shand and another rider, but two lap records in three laps allowed Shand to close right up.

Going into the final lap it was anyone's race and Shand broke the lap record again on the final lap. Anstey went quicker still and was able to hold on by just 1.7 seconds.

However, moments after the high of a podium finish, Shand found himself in hospital after his spectacular crash.

"I'm over the moon with the podium finish so it was a shame to crash in the Superstock race and miss the second Supersport 600cc race as the bike was mega, " he said.

"I was struggling a bit on the Superbike with the front end of the machine and it was wobbling over the bumps quite a bit, meaning it was a bit of a handful in places.

We kept making improvements all the time so seventh was a good finish. Again, it was disappointing to be forced out of the second race as I'm sure we could have gone quicker still."

Shand admitted his Honda had proved a handful in the lead up to his crash.

"On the exit of the chicane I got the power down early but ran out of room and just clipped the kerb, throwing me off. It was a heavy crash and the bike is in need of repair now so it was a real disappointment to finish the day in that manner."

Shand praised the team spirit and is determined to reward all the hard work by his colleagues by being fit for the TT. "I'm adamant that I'll be fit for the TT and carry forward the progress we've made, " he said.

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