After competing in the North West 200 road races in Northern Ireland in May, it was back to British Superbike duties for Hawick’s Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Superbike rider, Stuart Easton last weekend.
Competing at the 2.9mile Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk, Easton was hoping to consolidate his fourth place in the championship with several rounds taking place over the next few weeks.
Riding in good conditions for Saturday’s three-session qualifying, Easton managed to qualify for Q2, but was eliminated for Q3, which set the positions for the top 10 on the grid for Sunday’s two 16-lap races. Instead, he would start in 15th. He was understandably disappointed as he had been hoping to be running nearer the front.
Sunday’s races were held in overcast conditions. On the grid, Easton appeared to be having problems with his Kawasaki and from the start he was overtaken.
Things went from bad to worse, and going into the second bend, the Montreal hairpin, several of the front riders collided and, although he was involved, Easton’s machine just pulled up and that was the end of his race due to a technical problem.
For the second race, the Hawick racer started at the back of the grid.
Determined from the start, Easton began the daunting task of moving through the field to eventually finish, in what, by his own high standards, was a disappointing 13th place – 43 seconds behind the winner, his team mate Shane Byrne.
This now leaves Easton in seventh place in the championship, out of the showdown position for the top five shootout, which starts after the Cadwell Park round in August.
Naturally disappointed by this round, Easton admits that it is one of his least favourite circuits.
“The whole weekend has been a tough one as we haven’t been close to the top 10,” he said after his final race on Sunday. “I have always struggled at Snetterton and I have no excuse. I can’t figure it out at all.”
Easton is hopeful that the next round, in just over a week’s time, on his home circuit at Knockhill in Fife, will see him revive his showdown fortunes.
“We are not going to give up and I am trying to improve things in myself, such as my riding style, all the time,” he added.