Honda Racing's Steve Plater is looking forward to renewing his British Superbike Championship campaign at Knockhill after finishing third at the North West 200 last weekend.

The Irish-based event was held on public roads and proved to be a worthwhile distraction from the promising form that he has shown in the previous rounds of the 12-round closed circuit series.

Fourth position at Thruxton and Oulton - narrowly missing out on a coveted podium finish in each event - have elevated Plater to equal seventh in the championship standings and only 23 points behind third placed Glen Richards. His first podium success of 2003 in Northern Ireland has come at a good time for Honda Racing and instilled confidence in the 30-year-old Lincolnshire rider.

"Everything has been going well for the past few weeks," said Plater. "I'm really happy with the progress that we've made on the VTR1000 SP-2 and my confidence has grown as we continue to take positive steps forward.

"I'm therefore looking forward to Knockhill this weekend and taking the next step up to the podium. I like the circuit, I hope the weather's on our side and I'm aiming to continue with my objective of finishing as high as I can in the championship overall."

Honda Racing's Road Race Co-ordinator Simon Buckmaster agreed: "The North West 200 was a fantastic event for Honda Racing and Steve Plater in particular. It was an excellent result to secure a podium place in front of more than 100,000 road race fans. We are therefore aiming to build on that result for continued success at Knockhill."



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