The long-awaited return of Steve Plater could happen over the August Bank Holiday at the Cadwell Park round of the British Superbike Championship.
The Lincolnshire rider has been out of action since a high speed crash during practice for the North West 200 road races in May. He broke two bones in his left arm in the crash, and it was later discovered he had also broken a vertebrae in his neck.
He was forced to miss the Isle of Man TT, where he had been hoping to defend the TT Championship title he won in 2009, and several rounds of the 1000cc National Superstock Championship – where he had been leading the championship for HM Plant.
Although Plater is still suffering nerve damage in his arm and hand, intensive hyperbaric chamber treatment has proved beneficial and the Woodhall Spa rider is targeting Cadwell for his return to action.
“I saw the surgeon last week and he is happy with the way the bones have healed. I have still got some nerve damage in my arm but he said my neck is stronger than before the accident so I am aiming for my return to racing at Cadwell Park in six weeks time.”
“I have been given the go-ahead to train properly now and am using some weights. I have also been doing some press ups and it doesn't hurt so that's promising. I just need to get some strength back in my arm and then hopefully I can get the go-ahead from the medics and be passed fit to get back on the bike.”
Plater was at the weekend round of the British championship at Snetterton, supporting the HM Plant Honda British Superbike team and took on brolly duties for Ryuichi Kiyonari in Saturday's race.
“I held the brolly for Kiyo on Saturday and then did some PR for the team and their sponsors in the hospitality unit. It was a normal weekend for me except that I wasn't racing. I have been busy with the physio etc for the last few weeks so haven't really missed racing but I must be getting better as I am itching to get back out there now.”
Plater is aiming to attend some track days and get laps under his belt prior to the Cadwell Park race. Despite missing six rounds of the campaign the Lincolnshire rider still holds sixth place in the rider standings and is still in with an outside chance of lifting the trophy at the end of the season.