The hol­i­day’s over

Steve Plater changed the end-of-sea­son race for­ever when he played roulette with the bar­ri­ers

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment -

It is of­ten said that Ma­cau was a hol­i­day race un­til Steve Plater’s back-to-back vic­to­ries in 2006-7. With no cham­pi­onship points at stake and very lit­tle prize money on of­fer, the Novem­ber event tra­di­tion­ally marked the end of a long, hard sea­son. Rac­ers of­ten saw it as a chance to let their hair down on the all-ex­penses-paid trip.

But Plater, who made his Ma­cau de­but in 2003 as he be­gan a move from Bri­tish cham­pi­onship rac­ing to the roads, had other ideas.

“I wasn’t in­ter­ested in par­ty­ing,” said Plater. “I was in Ma­cau to race.”

Bounc­ing his head and shoul­ders off the yel­low walls and Armco bar­ri­ers, Plater’s dou­ble whammy on the AIM Yamaha in ’06 and ’07 shook up the es­tab­lished or­der. It brought to an end the four-time win­ning streak of cir­cuit spe­cial­ist Michael Rut­ter. The Lin­colnshire ace’s per­for­mances also helped es­tab­lish Ma­cau as one of the Big Four in­ter­na­tional road races along­side the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ul­ster Grand Prix.

Steve Plater for­ever changed the idea of a rac­ing line around the Guia cir­cuit

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