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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Sunday, Jan 06 2008

A third place finish in his first heat saw the Woodhall Spa Superbike star secure a front row start to his second race where he finished in second place.

Despite a back row start the 35-year-old Lincolnshire rider went on to win his final heat to give him a front row start to the semi-final, which he completed in second place.

Although he made a start to the final from the front row of the gird Plater was up against the top riders in the country. Stars from Speedway, Shorttrack and Grass track racing were all challenging for the win and although Plater put up a good fight he ended his race in sixth position.

I was running within the top five all the way through the final, said Plater. I was very near to fourth place on the last lap but just missed out on it and was pipped to the post by Craig Spence who snatched fifth from under my nose. I really enjoyed the day and of course we must remember that these guys are doing this sort of racing week in, week out while I only get to race here once a year so I think I did ok in the circumstances.

Plater was to have attended the start of the Dakar rally in Lisbon this week but the event has now been cancelled. Next week he is to attend the launch of the 2008 North West 200 in Ireland before heading out to France for some pre-season testing with the GMT 94 World Endurance team at the end of the month.

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