|STEVE PLATER TO RIDE SUPERSPORT AT MALLORY|
Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 25 2008
The 36-year-old Lincolnshire rider switched classes at Snetterton when the team realised they had insufficient time to prepare the Yamaha R1 Superbikes after returning from the Isle of Man TT races and Plater opted to ride in the Supersport class instead.
Despite his success at the NW200 and the TT where he won three races in the class this year, it’s been a few years now since Plater rode in the British Supersport championship and we go back as far as 1999 to seek out his last win.
But Plater was quick to adapt to the 600cc Yamaha at Snetterton and recorded the second fastest time in qualifying, going on to take the victory and 25 championship points.
Mallory is a short and complex circuit where Plater has recorded numerous victories both in British Superbike and Supersport championships in the past and he is looking forward to the challenge this weekend.
“”I need to try and build on the Snetterton results. I jumped on the bike there and soon found that although the bike went well there are still a few issues to address,” explained Plater. “Mallory is a short and twisty circuit and will no doubt pose a few problems with set up. But we have Friday to sort that out and should be on the case for qualifying on Saturday. I am enjoying my time on the 600 bike and it is encouraging to be in the mix at the front of the field.”
Free practice takes place on Friday prior to two 40-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday to determine grid positions for Sunday’s 28-lap race, which is set for a start at 3.3-pm.
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