Following a one-year break, Steve Plater is returning to the North West 200 public roads circuit with Honda Racing. However, it will be a new experience for the Lincolnshire rider as he makes the change from a twin to Honda's latest four-cylinder contender.

Practice sessions will be vital for Plater as he makes the adjustment from the Honda Racing VTR1000 SP-2 he campaigned in 2003 to the British Superbike specification Honda Racing UK CBR1000RR Fireblade of Karl Harris.

Plater's appearance at the famous Northern Irish triangle circuit saw him finish on the podium in third position.

He is aiming for a similar result on Saturday 21 May in at least one of the two eight-lap Superbike races.

The North West 200 is one of Ulster's most popular sporting events, which attracts over 200 competitors and 100,000 spectators annually to the North Antrim coast. The 8.9-mile circuit includes fast straights, blind crests and tight bends, which link the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine.

"I'm really looking forward to the two races this weekend, because this is one of my favourite events," commented Plater. "It's great to be back with Honda Racing as well and I'm excited about riding the new CBR1000RR Fireblade. Having seen its performance from close quarters in this year's British Superbike Championship with Karl Harris, I think that it will perform really well here."

Full coverage of the North West 200 can be found on the Crash.net EXTRA channel.