The holiday’s over
Steve Plater changed the end-of-season race forever when he played roulette with the barriers
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