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Steve Plater is continuing his recovery from injury after NW200 crash

Steve Plater, who suffered serious arm and neck injuries in a crash practicing at the North West 200 in May, is recovering well and already planning his race return.
Despite sustaining serious neck and arm injuries during the North West 200, Steve Plater is already looking forward to his return to action.

Plater, the 2009 British Supersport and Isle of Man TT champion, crashed heavily during practice for the NW200. It was initially through the HM Plant Honda rider's injuries were isolated to two broken bones in his left forearm and some bruising.

However, the rider, who was leading the 1000cc British Superstock Championship at the time of the crash, underwent tests two weeks after the crash after suffering continued pain. Scans revealed he had fractured a vertebrae in his neck and needed immediate surgery.

The discovery ended Plater's hopes of being on hand to assist the team during the 2010 Isle of Man TT, where his Superbike was ridden by Keith Amor and his Superstock machine by Michael Rutter.

Plater has now had two successful operations on his neck and is back at home recuperating.

He said:

“I have now had four operations, two on my arm and two on my neck so thought I it was time I updated everyone on my progress now that I'm home and can fully focus on recovering. I now have four plates, two rods and 23 screws holding my body together!”

“I am back home after being released from hospital mid last week and am fully ready to start my rehabilitation. The specialist is very pleased with the two operations to plate the vertebrae in my neck and he says that after another couple of days rest I can start swimming and also go to the gym.”

“I've got pretty good movement in my neck already and I've already begun some physio and should see some more improvement in my arm very soon as well. It's only five weeks since the crash so really it's early days yet.”

“It will take however long it takes and I'll just have to be patient, which is a bit alien to me as I'm so used to be very busy and active. I will not be back racing until I am fully fit as I need to make sure everything is healed up and not return too soon, but, my aim is to return to racing.”

“I would like to thank everyone again for their texts, emails, cards and phone calls, from all over the world. It's actually been really encouraging, but also humbling to think that so many of you are interested in my progress.”

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Steve Plater at the 2010 North West 200 on the HM Plant Honda Superbike. He would crash in practice breaking his left arm and fracturing a vertebrae in his neck (Honda-racing.co.uk)
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.

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