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Steve Plater’s double win at the North West 200


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By blue2bikes
May 14 2006

At a sunny and exciting North West 200, and in perfect weather conditions, Steve Plater was not only to exact revenge on Michael Rutter - winner in last year’s Superbike race - Steve was to go one better and win his very first career double header, with a win in both races. Steve, riding the HM Plant Honda machine which Michael won on last year, was delighted at his first ever career double win. Michael, aboard the Stobart VK Vodka Kick and Vent Axia backed Honda FireBlade, was to make a slight error in the first Superbike race of the day, and ended up clipping the grass verge in sight of the finish line and crashing out - leaving Steve to take his first Superbike race at the NW200.

Both riders were together and left the pack wanting in the second race, and in the last lap Steve was to overtake Michael whilst fighting for position, when both riders came upon backmarkers - enabling Steve to come out the best and take his second win of the day.

Michael said, “I made the slightest of errors in the first race and paid the penalty, and in race two I thought I had it in the bag, and I had held Steve off during the final laps. Then we came across some backmarkers and Steve nipped through. I am absolutely devastated.”

Michael’s team boss, Paul Bird, said, “We came here to win and we haven’t. It’s big bike wins are what we want. I’m really disappointed for the whole team, and only Michael knows why we lost the races today - as they were there for the taking.”

Steve Plater also broke the lap record, previously made by Michael last year, and upped it to 124.11mph - although the fastest speed through the speed traps still belongs to Michael at 200+ mph, which Michael attained last year.

A great ride by Robert Dunlop in the 125/400cc mixed class race, taking yet another win and also setting a new lap record of 103.15mph - taking his tally of wins to 15 in total - leaving him still the most succesful rider at the NW200.

More lap records fell today in the following classes:

Superstock race - Ian Hutchinson, 120.14mph

600cc Supersport race - Ian Hutchinson, 116.88mph

Here are the top ten finishing results for all races:

Race one /Dewalt Performance Tools Superbike race
1 Steve Plater 26:21.927 Honda - HM Plant Honda Racing
2 Bruce Anstey +0.373 Suzuki - TAS Suzuki
3 John McGuinness +5.712 Honda - HM Plant Honda Racing
4 Cameron Donald +30.890 Honda - Robinson Concrete/Uel Duncan
5 Ian Lougher +31.946 Honda - Stobart Motorsport
6 Ryan Rainey +43.310 Honda - IFS Global Logistics
7 Les Shand +46.981 Honda - Robinson Concrete/Uel Duncan
8 Stephen Thompson +52.394 Honda - T&R Motorsport
9 Martin Finnegan +53.183 Honda - Alpha Boilers Klaffi Honda
10 Ian Hutchinson +56.115 Kawasaki - McAdoo Kawasaki Racing

Race two /Club Soi Portrush 600cc Supersport race
new lap record: Bruce Anstey, 116.74mph
1 Bruce Anstey 23:08.380 Suzuki - TAS Suzuki
2 Les Shand +1.766 Honda - Wilson Craig/Uel Duncan
3 Ian Lougher +5.119 Honda - Blackhorse Motorcycle Finance
4 Stuart Easton +14.054 Ducati 749 - Lloyds British Ducati
5 Alastair Seeley +14.172 Yamaha - William Watt Antrim
6 Guy Martin +16.445 Yamaha - AIM Racing
7 Raymond Porter +21.104 Yamaha - JD’s Motorcycles
8 Davy Morgan +36.280 Honda - Team DMRR Honda Racing
9 Adrian Archibald +37.100 Yamaha - Team Racing
10 Darran Lindsay +39.806 Honda - Donut Tree

Race three /Greenline 250cc race
1 Nigel Beattie 24:58.517 Honda - Mannin Collections
2 Darren Burns +0.585 Honda - S Gas Northern Ireland
3 Benny JerzenbeckK +1.072 Honda - Motorcycle Competition Service
4 Barry Davidson +3.888 Honda - Cleaver Browne
5 Paul Owen +4.922 Honda - Team Rapid Racing
6 Bruce Dunn +40.347 Yamaha
7 Brian Spooner +43.082 Yamaha - C G Chell
8 David Mateer +43.246 Yamaha
9 Ian Morrell +43.599 Honda
10 Andrew Courtney +1:08.461 Honda - Team System 10

Race three-A /WRT Group 125/400cc race
new lap record: Robert Dunlop, 103.15mph
1 Robert Dunlop 26:12.612 Honda - Kennedy Equipment Sales
2 Michael Wilcox +0.193 Honda
3 David Madsen-Mygdal +21.074 Honda 400
4 Richie Welsh +22.195 Yamaha 400
5 David Lemon +25.452 Honda - JDR Property Developments
6 Oliver Linsdell +37.801 Yamaha 400 - Flitwick M/cycles/Hanson Brick
7 Manfred Vogl +48.344 Kawasaki 400
8 Johnny McCay +52.763 Kawasaki 400
9 Mark Parrett +53.501 Yamaha 400 - Intersport
10 Mark Lunney +55.480 Honda - KRB

Race four /CP Hire Ltd Superstock race
new lap record: Ian Hutchinson, 120.14mph
1 Bruce Anstey 22:25.575 Suzuki - TAS Suzuki
2 Raymond Porter +0.497 Yamaha - JD’s Motorcycles
3 Ian Hutchinson +1.031 Kawasaki - McAdoo Kawasaki Racing
4 Guy Martin +14.694 Yamaha - AIM Racing
5 Stephen Thompson +19.210 Suzuki - T&R Motorsport
6 Keith Amor +20.698 Suzuki
7 Ian Lougher +21.031 Honda - Blackhorse Motorcycle Finance
8 Ryan Rainey +22.643 Suzuki - Tillston’s Motorcycles
9 Conor Cummins +24.116 Yamaha
10 Phil Stewart +37.077 Suzuki

Race five /Blackhorse Superbike race
new lap record: Steve Plater, 124.11mph
1 Steve Plater 26:04.975 Honda - HM Plant Honda Racing
2 Michael Rutter +2.571 Honda - Stobart Motorsport
3 John McGuinness +23.783 Honda - HM Plant Honda Racing
4 Cameron Donald +34.046 Honda - Robinson Concrete/Uel Duncan
5 Guy Martin +35.489 Yamaha - AIM Racing
6 Ian Lougher +36.272 Honda - Stobart Motorsport
7 Stephen Thompson +59.839 Honda - T&R Motorsport
8 Ian Hutchinson +1:01.321 Kawasaki - McAdoo Kawasaki Racing
9 James McBride +1:12.724 Yamaha - Austin Powered Racing
10 Keith Amor +1:22.775 Suzuki

Race six /Ballymoney Borough Council 600cc Supersport race
new lap record: Ian Hutchinson, 116.88mph
1 Ian Hutchinson 23:04.098 Kawasaki - McAdoo Kawasaki Racing
2 Rob Frost +1.311 Kawasaki - CD Racing
3 Bruce Anstey +1.721 Suzuki - TAS Suzuki
4 Alastair Seeley +5.564 Yamaha - William Watt Antrim
5 John McGuinness +6.135 Honda - HM Plant Honda Racing
6 Darran Lindsay +19.569 Honda - Donut Tree
7 Stuart Easton +19.863 Ducati 749 - Lloyds British Ducati
8 Callum Ramsay +43.110 Suzuki - TAS Suzuki
9 Guy Martin +43.544 Yamaha - AIM Racing
10 William Dunlop +43.853 Yamaha - Solitude Motors


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