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Plater hospitalised after NW200 practice accident

Reigning British Supersport Champion Steve Plater has a suspected broken wrist that could rule him out of Saturday's North West 200 Superbike outing - a race for which the HM Plant Honda star has secured pole position...
Steve Plater has been hospitalised following an accident during practice for this weekend's North West 200 – though happily, the eight-time NW200 winner and reigning British Supersport Champion's injuries are not understood to be serious.

Plater went down at Quarry Hill on the Coast Road just before the finish line, according to the BBC, having already secured pole position for Saturday's Superbike race during the first practice session two days ago – an event he may well now not be able to start should a suspected broken wrist be confirmed.

'On the final lap of the Superbike practice session, Steve Plater had a crash at the final corner,' read an official statement from the 37-year-old's HM Plant Honda team. 'Steve's injuries are not life-threatening, and he was able to speak to the medical team and the HM Plant Honda team manager at the scene.

'He is understandably in pain, and therefore has been administered with pain-killing treatment and is now in hospital where he can be examined further to establish the precise nature of any injuries he may have sustained. Steve would like to thank everyone for the numerous good wishes already received, and the team will issue a further update in due course.'

Rain also delayed practice on Thursday, whilst other pole positions were claimed by Conor Cummins in the Superstock class, Michael Dunlop in Supersport and William Dunlop in 125cc.



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Steve Plater, HM Plant Honda, Silverstone, 2009 British Supersport [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
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Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
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RaceFan - Unregistered

May 14, 2010 9:26 AM

The man is almost always smiling. One cannot fail to like him and wish him well in his recovery, hopefully in time to take another TT victory. Best of luck, Steve.



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