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Plater picks himself up for double podium

Steve Plater once again proved his versatility as a rider with a fine run to the podium in both the British Superbike and Supersport classes at Brands Hatch.

The four-time BSB winner was drafted into the HM Plant Honda team for the opening round of the season after Joshua Brookes was forced to withdraw following visa irregularities.

Qualifying second on the grid, Plater led the first race of the weekend, but threw away his chances of victory when he tumbled at Druids after admitting he hadn't entirely adapted from the Supersport machine.

Nonetheless, Plater laid his ghosts to rest in the Supersport race with a superb run to second position, before returning to Superbikes just minutes later to claim a third place finish. It was a result he was delighted with.

“It was a good result for myself and the team,” he told Crash.net Radio. “The first race was unfortunate, but that's racing and that's the problem with jumping from bike to bike and getting caught out with different styles. That isn't an excuse though, it is my own fault. I paid the price, but I am very happy to get a podium on race two.

Looking ahead of Oulton Park, although Plater is fitting in his Le Mans 24 Hour commitments in between, he admits he would love to get back on the bike should Brookes be prevented from competing again.

“I would love to ride a HM Plant Honda Superbike again because, as far as I am concerned, it is one of the best bikes in the paddock, but my job is on the Supersport. That's what I'll be carrying on with at Oulton Park.”


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