Former Isle of Man TT Champion
The Woodall Spa rider was injured during a practice crash at the NW200 earlier this year, forcing him out of the TT and ending his hopes of taking the Superstock crown. The 2009 British Supersport Champion had been leading the way prior to his crash.
Plater required a number of operations to plate his arm, which was broken in two places, and the damaged vertebrae in his neck. He also under went surgery to try and resolve nerve issues in his hand.
However, the winner of the 2009 Senior TT has recovered enough to return to short circuit racing and after riding to seventh last time out at Croft, he is now setting his sights even higher for Silverstone.
It will be an uphill battle, however, as Plater has not visited the Northamptonshire track since it was revamped, whereas all his Superstock rivals raced their in two support events during the British round of the MotoGP championship.
“I realise the other riders have a slight advantage as they have had track time here, but I am sure it won't take me long to see where the track goes and I will soon be on the pace.”
“The HM Plant Honda team was racing here in the World Superbike championship and prior to that Josh Brookes won the two Superstock races on my bike at the MotoGP round so we have a good set up and know the bike is competitive.”
“I am feeling better each day and my fitness is coming on fine. I was a bit tired towards the end of the Croft race, but I still managed to post some fast lap times and was within a second of the lap record so I was pleased with that.”
“I will be looking for further improvement at Silverstone and to take a step nearer to the podium.”