IoM TT News
In nine days, the 2010 Isle of Man TT motorcycle races will start, but one of its biggest contenders, last year’s Senior TT winner Steve Plater, will not be competing due to breaking his left arm in a crash while practicing for the North West 200 in Ireland last week.
HM Plant Honda confirmed that Plater’s replacement at the Superbike and Senior races will be 38-year-old Keith Amor, who took two podium finishes last year in the Supersport and Superstock Class.
Amor began competing at the TT in 2007, finishing 12th in the Supersport Class, and also becoming the second fastest newcomer ever, just behind Plater. In 2008, Amor scored his first podium with a third-place finish in the Supersport race.
The Scot will contest in the Superbike and Senior TT races on the number 5 HM Plant Fireblade, teaming up with 15-time TT winner John McGuiness. He will also ride a privately-entered Honda CBR600RR in the Supersport Race.
Keith Amor said: "I couldn’t be happier and I’m excited to be going to the TT with such a successful and professional team as HM Plant Honda. It’s obviously not the ideal way I would have wanted to get this ride as Steve is a good friend of mine and I’d rather he was not injured and able to complete, but I want to thank the team and Honda for showing this faith in me, which I aim to try and repay by just doing my best and trying to secure some strong results."
"The HM Plant Honda Fireblade is arguably the best bike out there and I’m really looking forward to getting out in Practice, just enjoying myself and also riding the best I can for myself, Honda, the team, their sponsors and the fans."
Meanwhile, Plater is recovering in his Lincolnshire home.
Steve Plater says "My arm is feeling ok and is not causing me pain at all really, it’s just other parts of my body! I’ve spoken to a great consultant close to home who operated on my other arm back in 2004 and we agreed that it makes sense for me to go back into hospital for a few days for some scans and monitoring to fully understand what’s causing the pain in the upper part of my body…"
"For sure I’m still gutted to not be able to compete, but I’m pleased it’s Keith who’ll be taking my place as he’s a great rider and good guy and I am sure will do the ride justice. Keith and I started at the TT at the same time in 2007 and he’s been knocking at the door behind me and going from strength to strength so I’m sure with the best team in the paddock in HM Plant Honda and, on the best bike with the Fireblade Superbike machine that he’ll be able to progress even more and pull in some good results for himself and the team."
2010 Isle of Man Schedule:
Saturday, May 29
Monday, May 31 to Friday, June 4
Saturday, June 5
Superbike TT Race, 6 laps
Sidecar TT Race 1 3 laps
Monday, June 7
Supersport TT, Race 1, 4 laps
Superstock TT, Race, 4 laps
Wednesday, June 9
Supersport TT, Race 2, 4 laps
Sidecar TT Race 2, 3 laps
TT Zero Race, 1 lap
Friday, June 11
Senior TT Race, 6 laps