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Honda Signs Keith Amor To Replace Injured Steve Plater At TT

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Honda Signs Keith Amor To Replace Injured Steve Plater At TT
Keith Amor, will ride for the HM Plant Honda team at the forthcoming Isle of Man TT, to replace Steve Plater who has been side-lined for the famous annual road race following an unfortunate crash at last week‰Ûªs North West 200 event, where he sustained a broken arm.

Keith, 38, will partner the legendary 15-times TT winner John McGuinness, to field the two HM Plant Honda Fireblades in the Superbike and Senior TT races - a machine and races Keith is familiar with having ridden Honda Superbikes at the TT since his debut on the Island in 2007.

That year saw Keith take a creditable twelfth place as his best race finish in the Supersport class and also, become the second fastest newcomer ever behind Steve Plater, with a lap of 124.856mph in the Senior.

On only his second visit to the Island in 2008, Keith secured his first podium by taking third place in the first Supersport race. He impressively repeated this in 2009 and also added to his TT podium tally with another third place finish in the Superstock race.

Keith‰Ûªs determination and talent as a road racer was further displayed at last week‰Ûªs North West 200, where he won the Superstock race, finished second in the Supersport race and took fourth and sixth places in the Superbike races, riding only his Superstock machine! These results are even more impressive given that this was the first time Keith had ridden a racing motorcycle since September 2009 and also, only recently recovered from back and neck injuries sustained at the end of the 2009 season.

The Scot will ride for the HM Plant Honda team in the Superbike and Senior TT races as #5, but will also compete in both Supersport TT races on a privately entered Honda CBR600RR.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs all a bit surreal but I feel incredibly proud and privileged to have been asked by the HM Plant Honda team to ride for them at the TT and also, stand in for such an incredible rider as Steve," Amor said.

"When the team called me I was more surprised than anything and it goes to show how you can never predict anything and how life and fortune can change so quickly. Two weekends ago I was stuck in Italy due to cancelled flights and wasn‰Ûªt sure I was even going to able to make it to the NW200 to compete, and now I have one of the most sought after rides in the paddock!

‰ÛÏI couldn‰Ûªt be happier and I‰Ûªm excited to be going to the TT with such a successful and professional team as HM Plant Honda. It‰Ûªs obviously not the ideal way I would have wanted to get this ride as Steve is a good friend of mine and I‰Ûªd 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‰Ûªm 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.‰Û

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