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.
“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.”