Eight-times North West 200 winner Steve Plater is the latest name confirmed for this weekend’s Adelaide Motorcycle Festival at the King’s Hall Pavilion in Belfast.
The popular English rider, who quit road racing after suffering serious injuries during a crash at the North West in 2010, joins a star-studded guest list that also includes Samsung Honda British Superbike rider Sam Lowes, Gearlink Kawasaki duo Alastair Seeley and Ben Wilson, Milwaukee Yamaha’s William Dunlop, Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop and Yorkshire’s Ian Hutchinson, who has been forced to sit out the 2013 road racing season as he continues to recover from surgery to his badly damaged left leg.
Show promoter Billy Nutt said: “We are privileged to have Steve with us this Friday and Saturday.
“Steve had a bad crash during practice for the North West 200 in 2010 but he still has a huge fan club on this side of the Irish Sea.
“Yorkshire’s Ian Hutchinson will also mingle with fans this weekend,” added Nutt.
“Honda’s Alex Lowes from Lincoln along with Kawasaki’s Ben Wilson and Alistair Seeley will also attend the show.
“This is primarily an opportunity to showcase all that’s new in the biking world but the riders also have a special appeal,” Nutt said.
“Just like in previous years I would hope to put some funding back into the sport and that’s more crucial now in these times of recession.
“The success of the show depends on public support and judging by previous years I’m confident that we will attract another bumper crowd.”
Clogher’s Keith Farmer, who followed up his National Superstock 600 title success in 2011 by clinching the Superstock 1000 crown last year, has also committed to the festival this weekend.
Farmer is one of the hottest prospects in the British championship paddock and steps up to the Superbike class this year with Paul Bird’s title-winning Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team, joining reigning champion Shane Byrne.
On Friday the show opens at 2pm and runs until 10pm.
The opening times for Saturday and Sunday are 10am to 5pm.
Admission is £10 (10 euros) for adults and £5 (5 euros) for senior citizens.
Children under the age of 14 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.