Steve Plater has qualified in ninth position for the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Honda Racing star recorded his best time towards the end of the Dunlop Super 12 qualifying session and will start tomorrow's two 20-lap races from the head of the third row.

However, his final qualifying position doesn't reflect how confident the 30-year-old Lincolnshire star is about his prospects for race day. A crash at Druids Bend in the qualifying session prior to the Dunlop Super 12 meant that he missed some valuable track time that could well have seen him on the first or second row.

"I'd just recorded my fastest time of the weekend and was planning to come into the pits when the front end gave way without warning," explained Plater who hitched a lift back to the paddock on a scooter before returning to the track on his spare VTR1000 SP-2. "The factory Honda Racing machines are identical so there was no problem in me jumping from one machine to the other. In fact my times on the two bikes were almost identical.

"I'd like to thank the team for all the hard work that they've put into my qualifying performance today. We've made good progress and I'm happy with my set-up for the races. My times on race tyres are on the pace and I feel that I can run with the leaders over race distance. It's going to be really close and I hope that I can repeat my podium position from the last round at Knockhill."



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