Dunlop rider tops 2009 Isle of Man TT (photos)
Dunlop Motorcycle Tires is proud to congratulate Steve Plater, winner of the Senior TT crown at the 2009 Isle of Man TT Festival on June 12, 2009. Plater was also the recipient of the inaugural Joey Dunlop Trophy for posting the best overall results at the event.
In just his third year of racing the infamous public roads course, the Dunlop racer powered his HM Plant Honda to victory as well as posting the fastest lap of the two-week festival at an average speed of 130.49 mph, bettering the lap record from last year set by his 2009 teammate John McGuinness.
With rain delaying the start of the six-lap race over the 37.73-mile road course, fans were treated to some of the most competitive racing ever seen in the event’s 100-year history. Plater battled McGuinness and fellow competitors to record his first ever Senior TT win in record time.
Steve Plater Speaks…
"It will perhaps sink in later tonight just exactly what I have achieved; its stuff dreams are made of," said an emotional Plater.
"This achievement will finally sink in next week as I have to turn my attention back to short circuits and the British Supersport Championship," he said. "I just need a bit of Plater time on my own to take it all in."
Plater’s Senior TT win topped off an exciting two weeks of racing during which he also placed second in Superbike, and finished fourth in the Superstock class and the two Supersport races, which won the British rider the Joey Dunlop trophy for posting the best overall results for the event.