Honda's Steve Plater didn't get the storming start he wanted in the second race of the day at Rockingham, just the opposite instead, but he still battled back to finish just shy of the podium.

Yukio Kagayama took his second victory of the UK BSB series at Rockingham, making it a historic double for the Japanese rider. Shane Byrne and Michael Rutter completed the podium, with Honda Racing's Steve Plater coming home in fourth place.

Plater didn't get the best of starts to race two and entered the first corner in seventh place, with team mate Mark Heckles in 12th. Plater had passed Gary Mason by lap five and set off in pursuit of the leading pack of five riders. Despite the leaders setting an incredible pace, Plater worked his VTR1000 SP-2 hard to reduce the gap and managed to pass John Reynolds on lap 15.

Plater moved up to fourth place when Glen Richards crashed his Kawasaki. With just four laps to go, the Lincolnshire ace tried to pull out all the stops to catch and pass Michael Rutter and claim his second podium place of the day but unfortunately he ran out of laps in which to achieve this, eventually finishing in a very respectable fourth place. Mark Heckles, who had struggled all weekend, finished in tenth place.

"I'm a bit disappointed because my plan to make a brilliant start just didn't happen," said Plater afterwards. "I was just too slow getting off the grid and then I let the guys get too far in front of me, which ultimately left me too much to do to catch and pass Michael Rutter and get on the podium again. I'm pleased with the results overall though and will be looking to build on this at Mondello Park in a fortnight's time."

For Mark Heckles there was just happiness to get to the end. "I'm just glad to finish that race," he said afterwards. "To be honest, I've been struggling to recover from the crash I had at Brands Hatch and the injuries I sustained have played a part in affecting my performance this weekend. I knew the main difficulty here at Rockingham was going to be fatigue and also the fact that I had never raced here before, but I still wanted to give it my best shot for the team."

 

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