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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)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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