Plater prepared to retain Superbike ride

Steve Plater says he would be more than happy to continue riding the HM Plant Honda Superbike if Joshua Brookes is prevented from competing at the next Oulton Park round.

Plater, who is contracted to compete for the team in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship, assumed Superbike duties at Brands Hatch after Brookes was prevented from entering the country due to visa irregularities.

Plater went on to lead the first Superbike race, before falling, making amends in the second race with a podium finish. He also managed to fit in a podium finish in the Supersport class too.

With Brookes set to make a second attempt at securing a visa in the next couple of weeks, Plater says he is on standby to ride the Superbike again if need be.

“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,” he told Radio. “That's what I'll be carrying on with at Oulton Park.”

In the meantime while that decision is being made, Plater will take on an intense motorcycling workload over the next few weeks.

Going straight from Brands Hatch to test, qualify and race in the Le Mans 24 Hour race this weekend, Plater is fitting in further TT test and press commitments too.

“I leave after the race and I have a 7am ferry out of Dover to Calais to practice all day Tuesday for Le Mans, then I need to get an overnight ferry back to Portsmouth to get to Castle Combe for my TT test on Wednesday and then back on the overnight ferry for Le Mans practice, qualification and compulsory night practice.

“Race Saturday and Sunday, drive home - no sleep – to get a plane to go to the Isle of Man for a press launch on Monday and Tuesday for the forthcoming races. So it's a busy time! Luckily I have a weekend off afterwards where I can hopefully do a lot of nothing.

“I wouldn't swap it for anything! When things are going well it is the best thing to be doing in the world, although you don't say that when you're looking up at the ceiling tiles from your hospital bed – but that the downside of the job!”

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Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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jasper - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 6:34 PM

Rumour has it that HM Plant are trying to get Lavilla on the bike for Oulton. He turned the ride down to stay in world supers but he is available now. If they had any sense they should sign him up for the season and bin Brookes.Lavilla probably the only guy who coul challenge Guintoli :rolleyes:

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