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Steve Plater Makes History at Isle of Man TT - June 1st 2007

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    Optoma Racing star Steve Plater made history last night (Thursday) when he clocked up the fastest ever lap of the TT course by a newcomer in the practice session on the Optoma Loans Yamaha R1 Superbike with a scorching lap time of 18 minutes, 38.99 seconds - 121.384mph.

    Steve is also currently holding the top newcomer position in the Superstock class after completing two laps of the 37.73 mile public road course on the Superstock machine in 19m 07.18s - 118.402mph. He rounded off the evening's practice with a lap on the Supersport 600cc bike as second fastest newcomer with a lap of 19m 33.35s - 115.761mph.

    Optoma Loans Yamaha's Steve Plater said: "After Wednesday's practice was cancelled because of the weather we were keeping fingers crossed for a dry run on Thursday and the weather was perfect, I started with a two-lap run out on the Superstock R1 but was not completely happy with the set-up, finding it difficult to get comfortable with a setting so was surprised to find I had put in a 118mph lap as I thought I was cruising round for much of the time."

    He continues: "Then I jumped on my Superbike and put in another two laps. It's my favourite machine as it has much more power and it's the bike I am used to. I didn't push too hard but was trying to concentrate on the section between Ginger Hall and Ramsey where the surface is very rough. The bike felt really smooth and I was much more comfortable as it was behaving much better, making it easier to complete a good, flowing lap."

    "I rounded off the evening's practice with a lap on the Supersport bike trying out a slightly different chassis setting. It did feel better but I am still not 100% happy with it. I am not too worried about lapping faster at the moment, I need to be a little more accurate in places and be able to hold the throttle wide open through the roughest sections of the course. On my return to the pits everyone was very excited and I was told I had managed to put in the fastest ever lap time for a newcomer in the Superbike class."