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Steve Plater supports decision which ended hopes of strong run

Steve Plater, the 2009 Isle of Man TT Champion, fully supported the decision to abandon the National Superstock 1000 race at Silverstone on safety grounds.
The cancellation of the Silverstone round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship has received the full backing of 2009 Isle of Man TT Champion Steve Plater.

Plater had been hoping to return to the podium as he continues his recovery from injury suffered at the North West 200, and despite being denied the chance to compete, the 2009 Senior TT winner said he supported scrapping the race.

Heavy rain and delays to earlier races led to the Superstock race being called off. There will now be two races at the final round at Oulton Park.

Plater was hoping for a good result in the championship which he had been leading before crashing in practice for the North West 200. Initially it was thought he had suffered a broken arm, but later it was discovered he had also fractured a vertebrae in his neck.

The Woodhall Spa ace also suffered nerve problems owing to the injury which denied him the chance to defend his TT championship and has kept him off the roads all season.

The weekend at Silverstone had been going well for HM Plant Honda's Plater. He qualified in 12th place for a third row start.

He said:

“I was happy with 12th, or more relieved shall we say, as we have had a problem with the front forks here at Silverstone and Croft, but we have now found out what the problem is and solved it.”

“That last qualifying session was the first dry track time on the new circuit. I was down in 24th place when the red flag stopped us. We made some more changes and when we got back out there I was able to move up into 12th.”

His grid position will now stand when the championship resumes at Oulton park.

Commenting on the decision to cancel the race, Plater said:

“Obviously safety is the main priority and the visibility was getting very poor. They got a group of us together for a ride around the track in the course car and we agreed with the organisers that it would be better to run two races at Oulton Park than risk anything with the conditions the way they are here.”



Related Pictures

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Road racing star Steve Plater was denied victory as his return from injury continued at the Silverstone round of the 1000 National Superstock Championship (Dave Yeomans)
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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pp916 - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 10:18 AM

The TV pictures probably didn't show just how bad it was.........they ran the last superbike race in seriously dubious conditions, in fact it was so dark the light given off by the big TV screen in the Luffield complex was illuminating the track like streetlight! Luckily they got away with it but a wiser decision may have been to carry that race & the superstock race over to Saturday at Oulton, if anything had happened due to the seriously poor visibility race direction/the organisers would have been on very thin ice trying to defend the decision to carry on....sometimes the safety of the participants and marshalls needs to be given greater consideration than TV and race schedules.



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