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Jun 25, 2008

Previews Of This Weekend's British Superbike Event At Mallory Park

AIM YAMAHA READY FOR MALLORY CHALLENGE

Following Steve Plater's victory for AIM Yamaha at Snetterton the team are ready for the challenge of Mallory Park in round six of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport championship on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Lincolnshire rider switched classes at Snetterton as there was insufficient time to prepare the Yamaha R1 Superbikes after returning from the Isle of Man TT races and Plater opted to ride in the Supersport class instead.

Despite his success at the NW200 and the TT where he won three races in the class this year, it's been a few years now since Plater rode in the British Supersport championship and we go back as far as 1999 to seek out his last win.

But Plater was quick to adapt to the 600cc Yamaha at Snetterton and recorded the second fastest time in qualifying, going on to take the victory and 25 championship points.

Meanwhile Ian Hutchinson was forced off the track at Snetterton to avoid a fallen rider and re-joined well down the field. Although he did begin to mount a comeback he encountered a few problems, which forced him to eventually retire the AIM Yamaha R6.

Both riders are confident of a strong result at the short and complex Mallory circuit to add to their respective points tally.


STEVE PLATER Team Coordinator

I need to try and build on my Snetterton result. I jumped on the bike there and soon found that although the R6 went well there are still a few issues to address. Mallory is a short and twisty circuit and will no doubt pose a few problems with set up.

But we have Friday to sort that out and should be on the case for qualifying on Saturday. I am enjoying my time on the 600cc bike and it is encouraging to be in the mix at the front of the field.

Ian is also confident he can pull off a top result and if we can both secure a good grid position then there is no reason why we cannot achieve the results we are aiming for.




More, from a press release issued by Steve Plater's publicist:

STEVE PLATER TO RIDE SUPERSPORT AT MALLORY

After his scintillating performance at Snetterton where he rode to a well deserved win, Woodhall Spa race ace Steve Plater will once again ride the AIM Yamaha R6 in round six of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport championship at Mallory Park on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Lincolnshire rider switched classes at Snetterton when the team realised they had insufficient time to prepare the Yamaha R1 Superbikes after returning from the Isle of Man TT races and Plater opted to ride in the Supersport class instead.

Despite his success at the NW200 and the TT where he won three races in the class this year, it's been a few years now since Plater rode in the British Supersport championship and we go back as far as 1999 to seek out his last win.

But Plater was quick to adapt to the 600cc Yamaha at Snetterton and recorded the second fastest time in qualifying, going on to take the victory and 25 championship points.

Mallory is a short and complex circuit where Plater has recorded numerous victories both in British Superbike and Supersport championships in the past and he is looking forward to the challenge this weekend.

"I need to try and build on the Snetterton results. I jumped on the bike there and soon found that although the bike went well there are still a few issues to address," explained Plater. "Mallory is a short and twisty circuit and will no doubt pose a few problems with set up. But we have Friday to sort that out and should be on the case for qualifying on Saturday. I am enjoying my time on the 600 bike and it is encouraging to be in the mix at the front of the field."




More, from a press release issued by GSE Racing/Airwaves Ducati:

AIRWAVES DUCATI LOOK TO CONTINUE FORM IN ROUND 6

Airwaves Ducati travel to the 1.41 mile Mallory Park circuit in Leicestershire this weekend, for round 6 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Shane Byrne enjoyed a win and a 3rd place at the short but demanding circuit in 2007, whilst Leon achieved two 8th place finishes. Although it is one of their less favoured circuits on the calendar, the Airwaves Ducati riders arrive at Mallory Park confident having achieved a double one-two at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago.

Leon Camier, who secured his debut BSB win at Snetterton and is now 2nd in the championship behind his team mate, is confident for a positive performance. "I am still coming down from my high of winning at Snetterton. It is such a great feeling to have my first win under my belt, especially as I had to work quite hard for it in the race. We knew we were capable of results like that and now we can use it to move onwards and upwards for the remainder of the season. I am looking forward to getting to Mallory Park and putting in my best possible performance for Airwaves Ducati and securing some solid championship points to take me into the second half of the season."

Shane now leads the championship with 235 points but has mixed feelings about the approaching weekend. "I like the people at Mallory Park and the fans always create a good atmosphere as they can get so close to the track; however it is not a circuit that's on my list of favourites! In terms of riding I like fast flowing circuits which Mallory Park isn't but I understand they have made some improvements to it so hopefully that has made it more interesting for this year. Regardless of the circuit I know that the Airwaves Ducati team will prepare the best possible package for me and work continuously hard throughout the weekend to ensure I come away from this round with a good result."

Round 6 of the BSB Championship takes place this Sunday June 29th at Mallory Park in Leicestershire.