BSB » 08 July 2009
HM Plant announce Richards replacements.
Steve Brogan will replace the injured Glen Richards at HM Plant Honda for the upcoming Mallory Park round, with Steve Plater then taking the seat at the following Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park events.
Richards broke his left femur in a practice accident at last weekend's Knockhill round. The Australian underwent surgery on Sunday morning to pin his broken leg and is now up and about on crutches having daily physiotherapy.
"It's been a difficult few days and I was feeling pretty down, but, the operation to pin my leg went really well and I've been topped up with a few pints of blood so I'm feeling better in myself and I can at least now get around on crutches,” said Richards.
“Knowing that Brogie and Steve will be on my bike for the next few rounds has actually cheered me up - firstly because they are two good friends of mine and great riders so I know they'll do a good job for the team, but also because it's a great opportunity for Brogie and also will be good for Steve, particularly at Cadwell, as that's his home circuit.
“I'm confident that with some good rest and physiotherapy I can make a full recovery and be back on my bike before the season's out. As long as I'm up to it I plan to be at Mallory, albeit watching from the pit lane!" he added.
Brogan, HM Plant's defending Superstock champion, will be able to concentrate fully on his big Superbike chance since he will have no Superstock commitments at Mallory.
“It's not nice that I'm standing in for Glen due to him being injured, but, it's good knowing he's so happy about me being on his bike,” he said. “Whilst I know there are no great expectations being placed on me, I'd never be happy giving any less than 100% so my plan is to go out there and do the best I can for Glen, myself and the team and hopefully be in the mix with the front runners. I'm chuffed to be given this opportunity by the HM Plant Honda team and it's ironically worked out well that there is no Superstock race at Mallory, as it means I can concentrate totally on getting on the pace in the Superbike class."
Plater, HM Plant's Supersport rider, scored a podium in the Superbike class whilst replacing Brookes at the season-opening Brands Hatch round.
"I'm pleased to be able to stand in for Glen and hopefully it will only need to be for those few rounds as it would be good to see him back on his bike before the end of the season,” said the TT winner. “It'll make for busy Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park weekends for me, riding in both the Supersport and Superbike classes, but I've done it once before this year. I know what to expect and how best to get my head in gear for switching between the two, as they require completely different riding styles and focus. Cadwell is also my 'home' circuit so I'm looking forward to hopefully putting in some good results in both classes to make it a good show for both the team and the crowds."
The Mallory Park round of the British Superbike Championship takes place on July 17-19, after which five rounds will remain.
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