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Steve Plater hurt in North West 200 practice crash

14th May 2010
Reigning Isle of Man TT Champion Steve Plater has suffered a broken arm in a crash while practicing for the North West 200.

With the start of the 2010 TT just two weeks away, the injury is a major blow to the two-times TT winner, who was due to undergo surgery on Friday.

HM Plant Honda’s Plater entered Thursday’s Superbike practice session in first position following Tuesday evening’s practice. However on the second lap of his outing, the Lincolnshire star crashed at the last corner, Quarry Hill, when he lost the front end of the bike and slid heavily into the safety fencing.

Plater was immediately attended to by marshals and medics on the course and taken to Coleraine hospital, where he underwent a full examination. It was quickly evident that his head, main body and legs were fine and that the main injury was to his left arm.

A statement issued by the Honda team on Thursday said:

“X-rays have confirmed that Steve has a broken left arm at the mid forearm point - with clean breaks to both the ulna and radius bones – and he will need an operation to have both bones plated. Steve’s arm has been plastered and he will remain in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure, ahead of his operation tomorrow.”
“Steve is fortunate to have come away from his high speed crash with relatively minor injuries and this is testament to the FIM-approved safety bales which absorbed the majority of the impact, the quality of Steve’s leathers and helmet and also his quick thinking, as when he knew he was sliding towards the kerb he picked his legs up to minimise any further injury.”
“Steve remembers the whole accident and, although in pain, was talking to paramedics and HM Plant Honda’s team manager, Harvey Beltran, before being taken to hospital by ambulance – in fact the first thing he said was to ask Harvey to call Vicky (his wife) and reeled off her number!”
While disappointed to be missing the North West 200, Plater thanked everyone for the numerous good wishes already received.

Honda said Plater planned to watch Saturday’s races from the pits and is already focusing on what he needs to do get back on the seat of his HM Plant Honda Fireblade as quickly as possible in order to retain his current lead in the British Superstock Championship.

Source: IOMTT.COM 14 April 2010












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