Steve Plater rode superbly in the most challenging of conditions to take fourth place in the first British Superbike Championship race of the weekend at Knockhill.

The 30-year-old Honda Racing star recovered from a lowly 11th at the end of the first lap to power his way through the field to take fourth position - just 20 seconds down on race winner and championship leader Shane Byrne.

The 1.3-mile Fife circuit was damp with a drying racing line for the start of the 30-lap race, which made tyre selection difficult for the 26-strong Superbike field. Plater stuck to his choice of treaded Dunlop tyres which paid off when the heavens opened on lap 12. That enabled the popular Lincolnshire rider to use his wet riding ability to good effect and get the better of Glen Richards and then Sean Emmett on the last corner of the last lap in an epic battle for fourth position.

"I had a poor start to the race after suffering from wheel spin as I put the power down on the run towards the first corner," said Plater afterwards. "However, I soon got into the groove and was able to make good progress through the early stages of the race. Then, it was treacherous when the rain came on and I just had to bide my time while the conditions stabilised. I had a great dice with Richards and Emmett and I knew where I had an advantage. The VTR1000 SP-2 was superb coming out of Clark Curve all the way down to Taylors Hairpin and that was where I was able to pass Emmett on the last lap."



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