Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

North West 200: Plater hopes to be on the sidelines

Ryan Farquhar
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
Supersport 600 Michael Dunlop rider pictured at the second practice on the North coast circuit at the Relentless International North West 200
North West 200: Michael Dunlop
Ryan Farquhar pictured at the second practice on the North coast circuit at the Relentless International North West 200
Michael Dunlop pictured at the second practice on the North coast circuit at the Relentless International North West 200
North West 200: 600cc rider Ryan Farquhar
Steve Plater crashes out of the the second practice session on his HM Plant Honda at the Relentless North West 200. May 2010
Steve Plater crashes out of the the second practice session on his HM Plant Honda at the Relentless North West 200
Steve Plater's father Trevor looks on as medics treat his son after he crashed at Quarry Hill during yesterday's practice for the Relentless North West 200
HM Plant team boss Havier Beltram and the team PR Fiona Cole llok on as medics carry Steve Plater away on a stretcher after he crashed at Quarry Hill during yesterday's practice for the Relentless North West 200
William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) in action during Thursday's practice for the Relentless North West 200
Michael Dunlop pictured at the second practice on the North coast circuit at the Relentless International North West 2010
Michael Dunlop pictured in the grid area
Steve Plater races around Metropole before crashing on his final lap during practice ahead of this weekend's North West 200
Keith Amor pictured at the second practice on the North coast circuit at the Relentless International North West 2010
Lucky escape: Guy Martin takes a tumble during today's NW 200 practice
Steve Plater setting the fastest time during Tuesday night's practice session at the Relentless North West 200
Steve Plater had good reason to smile after he led the way in the Superbikes practice
Cameron Donald pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider John McGuinness pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider Ian Lougher pictured at the opening practice night of the Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider Michael Dunlop pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider Cameron Donald
Superbike rider Bruce Anstey pictured at the opening practice night at the Relentless North West 200
William Dunlop pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider Stuart Easton pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
Superbike rider Stuart Easton pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
600cc rider William Dunlop pictured at the opening practice night of the 2010 Relentless North West 200
William Dunlop during Tuesday's 125 practice session at the Relentless North West 200
Ryan Farquhar took time out from his North West preparation for this family photo-shoot with wife Karen and children Keeley and Mya, by leading portrait photographer Francis Meaney whose Venture studio will be exhibiting at the race paddock during Race Week Festival
Darren Gilpin emerges from a humble background to rub shoulders with giants of the motorcycle world at the 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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