Top Isle of Man TT Contender Crashes

Plater Injured

With only two weeks remain until the start of the 2010 Isle of Man TT, one of the event’s major contenders, Steve Plater, is nursing a broken arm.

The HM Plant Honda rider was injured Thursday while practicing for Saturday’s North West 200 races, which are multiple-class races held on public roads in Northern Ireland since 1929.

During the second lap of Superbike practice, the 2009 Senior TT and 2008 Supersport TT Champion lost the front end of his CBR 1000RR.

Plater, who holds the fastest lap record at the North West 200 (4:20.074), went down on Quarry Hill, and slid into the safety fencing.

HM Plant Honda 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 (Friday)."

The Brit plans to watch the races from the pits on Saturday, but is focusing on getting back to the British Superstock 1000 Championship on the HM Plant Honda, where he has the lead after three races.

The next event occurs in Caldwell Park, May 21-23.

The full statement issued by the Honda team says: "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!"