Following Karl Harris's championship-winning performance in the British Supersport race, Steve Plater made it a perfect day for Honda Racing by winning the 20th round of the British Superbike Championship.

The 31-year-old Woodhall Spa rider rode a superb race to celebrate his birthday belatedly in front of his home fans at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.

Plater blasted off the front row of the grid and into an early third position behind Michael Rutter and John Reynolds. He passed Reynolds at the Hairpin and then closely followed Rutter until lap 12, when he was able to pull off the same move to take the lead for the first time.

Reynolds passed Rutter on the next lap and battled hard with Plater until the chequered flag. The Honda Racing VTR1000 SP-2 gave the Lincolnshire rider the advantage over the closing stages as he made his way through the backmarkers.

"I was determined to do well after the bad luck we had in the first race - not just for me, but for all the team," said Plater. "Honda Racing has been behind me all weekend and they gave me a fantastic set-up for the VTR1000 SP-2 for both races.

"I haven't slept well all week and I'm just so happy now it's over - it's a big weight off my mind. My objective at the start of the day was to finish on the podium, so to have won the race in such style is like a dream come true. I usually have my fair share of bad luck at Cadwell and I had never even finished on the podium in the Superbike class here before today.

"It was a hard race, but I felt confident after running at the front in the first leg. I knew that I would have to go for it after I passed Rutter. Fortunately, I adapted my riding style to ensure that the chain didn't come off again. I've worked really hard with the team to achieve my first Superbike success on Honda Racing's home circuit. There's been a big crowd to cheer us on all weekend and now we'll be able to celebrate with them in style!"

This was Plater's second win of the year following his victory at the last round at Oulton Park. He has now moved up to fourth overall in the British Superbike Championship - only 16 points behind third-placed Michael Rutter with two rounds remaining at Brands Hatch and Donington Park next month.

Plater was named Sky Sports' 'Rider of the Day' for his race-winning performance and spectacular overtaking moves at the Hairpin.

 

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