Easton keeps cup hopes alive at Silverstone

Silverstone BSB Superbikes race one from outside Luffield Stuart leading no 86 Julian De Costa and one of his main rivals for the cup Josh Walters
Silverstone BSB Superbikes race one from outside Luffield Stuart leading no 86 Julian De Costa and one of his main rivals for the cup Josh Walters

The penultimate round of the British Superbike championship took place over last weekend at the 3.6-mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire.

Hawick’s Stuart Easton returned to the action on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Superbike, leading the cup competition.

With a strong practice on Friday in good conditions, the weather turned for Saturday’s three-session qualifying.

Torrential rain in the morning caused the track to flood, so practice was cancelled for several of the sessions and, with a drying track for the qualifying race, tyre choice was a problem.

Easton managed to make it through to the second stage, which put him on 11th place on the grid for the two 14-lap races on Sunday.

In near-perfect conditions, race one was led from the start by the three main contenders for the Superbike crown.

Easton found himself in the next group of 12.

Fighting his way through the field, he finished in a great fifth place.

Race two was a similarly hard-fought affair with the Kawasaki man finishing in sixth place.

This keeps him in top spot for the cup competition, 23 points ahead of James Ellison, who finished third in race two. The Hawick rider knows that with three races at the final round at Brands Hatch in two week’s time he will need to continue the good form if he is to win the cup.