RACER Steve Plater is turning his back on the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200 road races and is set to branch out into the world of Endurance racing.
Plater, from Woodhall Spa, admits he will miss the buzz of road racing.
Steve was on the podium in 2006 and won his first NW200 race in 2007. Since then he has gone from strength to strength winning a further eight races – including his last five.
After setting pole in 2010 he was looking good to add to his win tally but a freak crash in qualifying put paid to any hope of that. He was left with a broken neck and a badly broken arm which also had nerve damage.
“It was a huge decision to quit the roads,” said Steve. “But I wanted to stop while I was still winning and having won the last five races I contested at the NW200 and also two races at the Isle of Man TT (The Supersport 600 and the High profile Senior TT) I know I have gone out on a high note.
“But I have not turned my back on the roads altogether as I am still heavily involved with the organisers at the NW200 and the TT.
“As a past winner at both venues I will be assisting with promotion and of course as race co-ordinator for Honda TT Legends will be overseeing the team preparation for both events. I have also been invited to ride in the parade lap at the TT this year.”
Steve, who has two TT victories to his name and is the current Senior TT Race Record holder, will be riding a replica RC30 to represent the late Steve Hislop’s achievement as the first rider to lap at more than 120mph in 1989.
Already signed to ride in the Honda Motors Europe-backed Honda TT Legends team to be run from the Honda Racing workshop in Louth, he will line up alongside John McGuinness and Keith Amor in 2011 as they contest the full World Endurance championship held at venues throughout the world and to include a round on home tarmac at Donington Park in August.
He said: “I rode in the 1999 Bol d’Or and that kicked off my Superbike career. To be able to return to Endurance with one of the best teams in the world is awesome.
“I cannot race motorbikes for ever but I am planning to be riding for at least another three years – as long as I am fast and capable of winning races.”