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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Saturday, Jun 07 2008

The 36-year-old Woodhall Spa ace has gone well throughout his time on the Island and after riding to 10th place in the opening race of the week, the Dainese Superbike TT, he went on to score eighth in the Superstock TT on Monday before taking his debut win in the Junior TT later that day.

Wednesday was his only non-finish of the week when he was unfortunate to retire with a mechanical problem with the AIM Yamaha R6. But he made up for that by riding a blinder of a race in the Senior to secure fifth place at the chequered flag.

Throughout the Senior, Plater was running in a comfortable sixth place, his times improving with every lap of the 37.73-mile course. He recorded his fastest lap of the week on lap two of Friday’s race at 127.065mph and was clocked as third fastest rider through the speed trap at Sulby on lap five at 190.1mph.

On the last lap Plater began to reel in fellow county rider Gary Johnson on time and as they swept over the Mountain and down to the finish line had done enough to take the fifth place.

Plater started 10th but Johnson was 16th, some way behind so the timekeepers had to wait for him to cross the finish line before slotting Plater into fifth position.

“It’s a lot better result for me today than last Saturday when I was laid down here in Parc Ferme trying to get my breath back after being so tired at the end of the Superbike race,” said the ever-smiling Lincolnshire rider. “Although the bike was still not running right it’s quite a lot better and I am happy with fifth today. All in all the races have gone well for me, especially on Monday when I won the Junior TT. That was a dream result for me.”

Steve returns home on Sunday with another four silver TT replicas and will be in the studio with BBC Radio Lincolnshire from 8.30am – 9.30am on Monday to talk about his achievements at this year’s TT races.

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