Honda Racing's Steve Plater followed up his first leg win with a fifth place at Oulton Park behind race winner Yugio Kagayama today.

His Honda Racing team-mate Mark Heckles secured his second top ten finish of the day after completing the 18-lap race in ninth position.

Plater had a slow start but recovered to pull back some of the ground that he had lost to the leading three riders in the opening stages of the 18th round. He then became embroiled in a titanic battle with championship leader Shane Byrne for fourth place that went all the way to the chequered flag.

The 30-year-old Lincolnshire rider's results at Oulton Park were enough to move him up to fifth place overall in the British Superbike Championship. He remains in contention for his objective of a top four finish at the end of the season.

"After a bad start, I gave it my all to finish on the podium again," said Plater, "However, it just wasn't enough and I was unfortunate to lose out to Shakey in the closing stages. Despite this, I'm one step closer to a top four place in the championship. I can now look forward to the next round at my home circuit at Cadwell Park with renewed confidence."

Heckles meanwhile was right behind Plater into the first corner at the start, but was unable to sustain his pace over race distance. However, the 27-year-old Liverpudlian rode admirably well in front of the fans at his home circuit to secure enough points to move up to 12th in the points table.

"After riding on intermediate tyres in the first race, it took me a while to get back on the pace with the slicks in the dry conditions," noted Heckles, "It was just one of those days for me, but I'm feeling better with every race after my crash at Brands Hatch in June. I'll be even better prepared for Cadwell Park in two weeks."

 

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