The second British Superbike race of the day today at Brands Hatch Indy saw Mark Heckles make a great start from 12th on the grid up to ninth but he was soon displaced on the second lap by his own team-mate, who moved further up the order when Michael Rutter received a 10-second jump start penalty.

By lap six, Plater was lapping in the 46-second bracket and passed Scott Smart on lap seven to move up to seventh place. He then concentrated on closing down and passing Gary Mason.

Plater achieved this on lap 21, the same lap that his team-mate put his fastest lap of the race while chasing Chris Burns. However, Mason regained his track position three laps later, leaving Plater with everything to do again, and with the chasing Scott Smart breathing down his neck.

In the closing stages, Plater got his Honda Racing VTR1000 SP-2 in front of Mason's Yamaha and held this lead until the chequered flag, eventually finishing in sixth place. Mark Heckles finished race two in tenth place.

"I had to work hard for that result," noted Plater, "We made quite a few changes for the second race, including a different rear tyre, increasing the rebound damping and putting a little more pressure in the front tyre.

"This worked for me and I was able to lap in the 46s and pass riders with confidence. It's an improvement over race one, but not as much as I want or need at this stage of the championship."

Heckles added: "I made a much better start to this race but was unable to run with the pace of the guys out in front. It's been tough coming back to Brands after a while off the bike, but the team have worked hard to get the best possible set-up for me.

"I've put in 110 per cent effort this weekend but the results just haven't come my way, so I'll just have to make sure I'm fighting fit for the final round at Donington Park in a fortnight's time."

 

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