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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Monday, Apr 07 2008

The Woodhall Spa ace experienced a dramatic third practise session on Saturday morning when he crashed in spectacular style at Stirling’s bend.

The session was red-flagged while Plater was recovered and taken to the medical centre for assessment but thankfully his injuries gave no cause for concern and he was able to return to the track in time to complete his afternoon qualifying.

“The crash was caused by an electrical fault with the AIM Yamaha. I was quite badly beaten up but in all fairness I was able to get out on the spare bike and post a quick enough time to clinch 13th place on the grid,” he explained.

But it will all count for nothing as Plater will be unable to capitalise on his grid position because he will be absent from the rescheduled races as they clash with the World Endurance race at Albacete – a race that the county star won last year.

“I am relieved they called off Sunday’s races as even if the snow had subsided it would have been too dangerous to race as the grass verges were covered. It was the right call by the organisers – although I am frustrated by the date clash.” He said.

Plater will miss the next round of the series at Thruxton as he will be on World Endurance duties with GMT94 Yamaha contesting the Le Mans 24-hour race.

However he will be reunited with his AIM Yamaha R1 to campaign the Oulton Park round of the British Superbike championship on May 5.



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