Australian Bryan Staring is to make a one-off appearance on injured Steve Plater’s HM Plant Honda superstock bike in the next round at Snetterton on July 18.
Staring, 23 years old from Melbourne (though he’s originally from Perth), won the Australian Supersport title in 2009 and again this year - and is currently leading the Australian Superbike championship riding for Honda.
HM Plant team boss Neil Tuxworth told MCN: “Bryan was coming to Snetterton anyway to have a look at the British series so we offered him a ride on our bike. Steve Plater is definitely going to return for the Cadwell round (Aug30) but may even be fit in time for Brands (Aug 8).”
HM Plant Honda are testing today (Thursday) at Darley Moor. Ryuichi Kiyonari has flown to Japan for Suzuki Eight Hour testing so TT star John McGuinness with ride alongside Josh Brooke to evaluate a new engine spec the team are aiming to run at the Silverstone WSB round.
Staring isn’t the only Aussie domestic championship rider looking to expand his horizons. Defending Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters is US bound to do the Mid Ohio and Laguna Seca races for Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki.