AFTER his high-speed smash at last weekend’s North-west 200 which left him with serious injuries, Hawick Superbike rider Stuart Easton has been given the best possible reason to get back to full fitness by being offered a deal to race in 2012 with Paul Bird Motorsport.
The 27-year-old suffered pelvic, leg and hand – as well as some internal – injuries in the crash during Thursday morning’s practice and was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he is expected to remain for some time.
However, long-term friend and sponsor Paul Bird, whose World Superbike Championship factory Kawasaki team this year has been supporting Easton on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki ZX-10R, has pledged to back Easton in 2012 after visiting him in hospital on Friday.
Bird, from Penrith in Cumbria said: “Stuart was well on course to be one of the main contenders in the British Superbike Championship this year and at the time of his accident was lying in third place just six points off the lead, so it’s a cruel blow that this has happened.
“It’s going to be a long and painful road ahead for him and the last thing he needs to be worrying about is whether or not he’s got a ride, so we will provide him with a competitive bike for next season in whichever championship both Stuart and the team decide upon.
“We are all devastated at what has happened, but the first thing is to get Stuart fit again and back on a bike as soon as possible.”