Steve Platers Honda TT legends retired from the latest round of the World Endurance Championship in the early hours of yesterday morning. The Louth based squad were in fourth position. There was 50 minutes remaining when their team mate  John McGuinness, crashed just seconds away from the end of his final stint.

The Isle of Man TT legend was uninjured, but the team failed to build on their fifth place at the first round, the Bol d’Or 24-hour in France.

“We’re disappointed but that’s endurance racing,” reflected Plater. “We were setting a good pace and holding fourth position with one hour to go when John had an unfortunate crash. “This year is a big learning curve for the team and we’ve learned a huge amount again this meeting. “We are more competitive than we were at the Bol d’Or which we’re happy about and we aim to move forward at Suzuka.”

Despite the no-score, team manager Neil Tuxworth insisted there were positives to take out of the meeting.

“We have made an awful lot of progress with both the bikes and the team,” he said. “The fuelling, the brake pads and the tyres are all working well, the team has bonded and the riders are doing a great job.

“We were only an hour from the end and we were within our target position of top four so we have many positive things to take away with us. Most importantly, we are thankful that John is okay.”

The team now turns its attention to road racing and the Isle of Man TT fortnight, which starts on May 30.

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