Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

North West 200: Plater hopes to be on the sidelines

Ryan Farquhar
Maria Costello, the fastest ever woman around the Isle of Man TT course and is the only female competitor at this year's North West 200
Ballymena's Darren Gilpin pictured at the Relentless International North West 2010

Steve Plater could yet make it to today’s NW 200 — as a spectator.

Plater went through an operation on his arm yesterday following Thursday’s 125mph horror smash.

And depending on his condition this morning, the 42-year-old Lincolnshire rider — the North West lap record holder — could watch the action from the pits.

“Steve has a very charismatic approach to most things and if his operation goes well, he recovers well from the anaesthetic and he’s feeling up to it, then possibly he could watch the action,” said Honda Communications Manager Fiona Cole.

“It’s certainly his desire to watch the races. We will just have to wait and see what happens when he comes out of the operation.

“We are waiting to hear back from the hospital at the moment.

“He’s gutted that he can’t race at this year’s North West 200 but now he just has to allow the injury to heal and get on with his recovery.”

Plater was lucky to escape the crash at Quarry Hill with just a broken arm.

“Steve was very fortunate given the nature and speed of the crash so without a doubt the new safety bales took the majority of the impact which is fantastic,” said the Honda communications boss.

“The fact they are there is absolutely great. It’s also testament to the quality of Steve’s helmet and his leathers as he slid and slipped quite a lot. They stood up to the job.

“Steve knew he was approaching a kerb and lifted his legs up which minimised his injuries.”

l Honda has launched a revolutionary new technology — Dual Clutch Transmission — which could revolutionise the future of motorcycling by offering both a ‘traditional’ manual gear change operation, but by hand rather than foot, and also, a fully automated style gearbox with two different modes for riding preference and variety.

Honda’s new Dual Clutch Transmission has been introduced on the amazing new VFR1200F, a sports-touring machine.

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