Steve Plater comes to his home event at Cadwell Park this Bank Holiday Monday fresh from his breakthrough race one victory, last time out, at Oulton Park.

The Woodhall Spa rider will be celebrating his 31st birthday on Friday and is desperate to mark the occasion with a podium at the very least.

Plater moved up to fifth in the championship two weeks ago at the Cheshire circuit as he closed in on his objective of a top four finish in the 2003 Championship.

"I was delighted to win the last round at Oulton Park," began Steve. "It was a personal triumph under the most challenging of circumstances. It was definitely the icing on the cake as far as the season has gone so far. In many ways, it was representative of the improvement that I have shown on the VTR1000 SP-2 as the season has progressed.

"I've never been on the podium after a Superbike race at Cadwell Park. So, I would certainly be happy if I could break my duck this weekend. As far as a win is concerned, I'll just have to wait and see what happens in the races," he added.

Team-mate Mark Heckles was also on the move at Oulton, the 27-year-old Liverpudlian's seventh and ninth places at his local circuit enabled him to climb up to 12th overall in the series - a notable achievement after missing three rounds and suffering multiple injuries as a result of a practice crash at Brands in June.

"Oulton was another step forward for me," he said. "I was happy with another two top ten finishes and I feel as if I am getting back to normal after my crash at Brands. I've been training hard to regain full fitness and there's no doubt that I'm almost there.

"It'll be a really big day on Bank Holiday Monday for everyone associated with Honda Racing at Cadwell Park. I'm really enjoying the experience of riding the 2002 World Superbike Championship-winning machine at every race. Now I hope that I can make it a good weekend for the team and myself to repay them for the faith that they have shown in me," he concluded.

 

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