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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Monday, Apr 28 2008

Plater was absent from the opening round of the series because of a date clash with the World Endurance 24-hour race at Le Mans where he lead the field in the early stages before his team – Yamaha France – were forced out with a clutch problem.

A winner at Oulton Park on two previous occasions in the premier British series, Plater is anticipating a strong performance with AIM Yamaha this weekend and is hopeful of picking up a clutch of valuable championship points from the two 18-lap Superbike races.

“Because I missed the Thruxton round and prior to that had limited track time because of the weather at Brands Hatch, it is imperative for both myself and AIM Yamaha to get a good result at Oulton Park and find a good set-up on the bike for the North West 200 and the TT,” commented Plater.

“I go directly to Albacete for the six-hour World Endurance race after Oulton and will therefore miss the Brands Hatch re-run scheduled for the same weekend (May 10/11). I then head straight to the North West 200 in Ireland for practice on Tuesday and Thursday ahead of racing on Saturday (May 17) so there is little time to spare.”

Free practice at Oulton Park takes place over Saturday and Sunday with qualifying on Sunday afternoon to determine the grid positions for Mondays two Superbike races which are scheduled for 1pm and 3.30pm.

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