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Steve Plater hurt in North West 200 practice crash


Steve Plater crashes in Thursday's North West 200 practice and is out of Saturday's big event

Superbike race favourite Steve Plater is out of Saturday's North West 200 after suffering a broken arm in Thursday's practice for the event.

The eight-times NW winner came off his HM Plant Honda at Quarry Hill on the Coast Road just before the finish area.

The 41-year-old Englishman will miss out on Saturday's action after securing Superbike pole position.

Other pole positions went to Conor Cummins (Superstock), Michael Dunlop (Supersport) and William Dunlop (125).

Earlier, the practice had been held up by rain and the 125cc session took place before the Superbikes resumed.

Plater, from Woodhall Spa, is the reigning British Supersport champion.

He took pole position for Saturday's Superbike race through the time he recorded in the first practice session on Tuesday.

The best average time on Thursday's was Scotsman Keith Amor's 117.18mph which gave him third place on the grid.

The air fencing saved Steve's life

North West 200 race director Mervyn Whyte

Initial reports suggested that Plater had sustained a broken wrist but it was later confirmed that the rider's left arm had been broken.

"Two bones are broken - clean breaks," said Honda team manager Harvey Beltran.

"But it's very lucky for Steve as the air fence took a hell of an impact.

"It's disappointing for Steve and the team but the main thing is that he's OK and he was able to reassure his wife Vicky of that immediately after the crash."

North West 200 race director Mervyn Whyte added that the air fencing had "saved Steve's life".

"That's great news from our point of view as organisers," added Mr Whyte.

"It's down to ensuring that safety is the number one priority at the North West 200."

Final Superbike times
1. Steve Plater (Honda) 118.45mph
2. John McGuinness (Honda) 117.42
3. Keith Amor (BMW) 117.18
4. Conor Cummins (Kawasaki) 117.11
5. Stuart Easton (Honda) 117.09
6. Guy Martin (Honda) 116.88

1. Conor Cummins (Kawasaki) 117.15
2. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 116.54
3. Keith Amor (BMW) 116.23
4. Alastair Seeley (Suzuki) 116.07
5. Ian Hutchinson (Honda) 116.03
6. Steve Plater (Honda) 115.69

1. Michael Dunlop (Honda) 114.60
2. Keith Amor (Honda) 114.28
3. Steve Plater (Honda) 114.27
4. Ian Hutchinson (Honda) 114.26
5. John McGuinness (Honda) 114.03
6. Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 114.00

1. William Dunlop (Honda) 96.73
2. Paul Robinson (Honda) 96.26
3. Chris Palmer (Honda) 95.31

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see also
NW200 Thursday pictures
13 May 10 |  Northern Ireland
Plater fastest at NW200 practice
11 May 10 |  Motorsport
Mason replaces Andrews for NW200
26 Apr 10 |  Motorsport
Andrews set to make NW 200 debut
22 Mar 10 |  Motorsport
Scot Easton to make NW200 return
23 Feb 10 |  Motorsport
NW200 to run one daytime practice
16 Feb 10 |  Motorsport

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