The end of season 'Race of the Year' meeting at Mallory Park has attracted a first class field of British Superbike and Supersport Championship contenders, with Honda's Steve Plater and Karl Harris top of the bill in the eagerly anticipated non-championship event.

Plater has recovered from the illness which kept him out of the final round of the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park. The 31-year-old Lincolnshire rider had problems with a kidney stone, which was subsequently removed by laser surgery last weekend.

However, Plater's double British Superbike race winning VTR1000 SP-2 will not be joining him on the grid for Sunday's event. Honda Racing had been waiting for parts to arrive at its Louth headquarters only to discover that they have unexpectedly been delayed in customs.

Honda Racing's Road Race Co-ordinator Simon Buckmaster explained: "Unfortunately, the lack of vital back-up parts for the SP-2 means that we can't risk going to the event with our Superbike entry. Therefore, we have decided to allow Steve to participate in the event on one of the Honda Racing's championship winning CBR600RRs. The bottom line is that Steve's presence has been heavily promoted by Mallory Park and we didn't want to let them or any of the fans down."

Despite the late change, Plater is looking forward to racing the Supersport machine: "It shouldn't be that much of a disadvantage at Mallory. It's such a short track that a sharp handling, high performance bike like the CBR600RR will be extremely competitive over race distance. It's a few years since I've ridden a Supersport bike and I can't wait to discover its full potential."

British Supersport Champion Karl Harris will also be riding a CBR600RR. Like the other leading competitors entered for Sunday's race, he will be making preparations for what should be a useful end of season work-out around the popular 1.39 mile Leicestershire circuit.

"I may have already won the British Supersport Championship for Honda Racing, but I will still be approaching this event in my normal way," said Karl. "Mallory always creates a special atmosphere and I can think of nowhere better to end what has been a truly memorable season. My objectives are to enjoy the racing and put on a bit of a show for the fans to thank them for all their support throughout the year."

Racing starts at 1pm on Sunday with the two Race of the Year legs at 2.15pm and 4pm respectively. Adult admission is ?15 with no charge for under-16s, parking or paddock transfer - this also includes a post-race fireworks display, jet car demonstration and a funfair.



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