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.