Tributes after popular biker dies in race crash

Matt Polanski from Cardenden who died in a crash at Knockhill Racing Circuit
Matt Polanski from Cardenden who died in a crash at Knockhill Racing Circuit
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Tributes have been paid following the death of a Cardenden husband and father in a high speed motorcycle smash at Knockhill on Sunday.

Matthew Polanski (30), was competing in a Pre-Injection 600 race at the circuit when he crashed as he came out of a bend.

He was rushed to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he received treatment in both A&E and the intensive care unit, but his injuries proved to be too severe and he passed away on Monday afternoon.

The accident happened in the week that Mr Polanski and wife Jill would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Daughter Bethany (13) is also a keen motorcyclist and raced with Mr Polanski in the MBP racing team which they formed together.

Knockhill Motor Sport Club president and three times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie said: “Words cannot describe how sad everyone is at the club after we lost Matt at the weekend.

“He’ll always be remembered as a great racer. My thoughts are with Matt’s friends and family at this sad time”.

The MBP team’s Facebook page was flooded with tributes from friends and well-wishers, where a message from the team thanked the staff at Knockhill and Ninewells, saying: “The team would like to thank all of the staff, marshalls and medics at Knockhill for their fantastic care.

“Secondly, the fantastic staff both in A&E and in the ICU at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for looking after not only our boy, but all of us as well at this very difficult time.”

Mr Polanski, who ran his own his own polytunnels construction business, had decided that upon his death his organs would be donated so that he could help others.

Knockhill Racing Circuit CEO Derek Butcher also paid tribute with the “deepest regret”, saying: “It’s a very sad day for everyone connected with Knockhill and the wider Scottish racing community.

“Matt and the whole Polanski family were very popular in the race paddock.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Matt’s wife Jill, daughter Bethany and the entire Polanski family at this very difficult time.

“Everyone involved is taking some comfort from the knowledge that Matt will be helping others after Jill and Beth bravely arranged organ donation with the transplant team at Ninewells Hospital.”