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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 29 2008

Clementi injured his hand while testing and will not be fit for Brands Hatch but team manager Guiliano Rovelli made no hesitation in naming Plater as his choice of replacement rider to take the controls of the Triumph 675 Supersport machine.

Her said: “I am very sorry for Ivan who injured his hand in training. We needed a high profile rider to take over at Brands Hatch and we think Steve Plater is the right man for the job. He is brave and aggressive and is popular with the fans, especially the British supporters. I hope he and our other rider Mark Aitchison will be able to give us the results we need.”

In recent months Plater has achieved success with AIM Yamaha in the British Supersport class by taking a win and second place from the last few races. He rode to victory in both Supersport races at this year’s North West 200 and capped his road racing season off with a fine win at the Isle of Man TT races in June where he won the Junior TT at only his second attempt.

It is a few years since Plater last rode a Triumph but he is sure he will soon get to grips with the bike and is raring to go.

He said: “I am really looking forward to Brands Hatch. I don’t arrive back in the UK until Wednesday after my World Endurance race in Japan so I will go directly to Brands Hatch to meet the team and prepare for the weekend.

“It has been a while since I rode a Triumph, back in the early days of my racing career, but I am a quick learner and will soon get to grips with the bike and am eager to put it through its paces.

“Brands Hatch is one of my favourite circuits and, as we race there twice each year in the British series, I don’t have to worry about learning the circuit so can concentrate on becoming familiar with the bike.”

Free practice and first qualifying are set for Friday with a further free practice and final qualifying on Saturday prior to the 23-lap World Supersport race on Sunday at 1.20pm.

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