Motor sport: Injury hampers Easton’s progress

Stuart Easton enters the pit lane in Assen after Qualifier One
Stuart Easton enters the pit lane in Assen after Qualifier One
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Hawick’s Stuart Easton took no further part in last weekend’s MCE British Superbike double-header at Assen in Holland after an unsatisfactory opening Qualifier.

The PBM Kawasaki rider took to the track for some of the free practice sessions and for the three session qualifying, but he couldn’t find the lap times that he needed to progress in to Q2, and would have had to have started race-one from 25th on the grid.

Easton sustained a broken leg after a big crash at Brands Hatch earlier in the season, and even though he attempted a comeback at Oulton Park, whilst in Showdown contention, he experienced another fall at the Cheshire circuit and did not take part in the rest of the weekend.

The Hawick rider slipped out of the top six, and was seventh in the overall standings coming into the Dutch round. He damaged his knee ligaments at the Brands crash, and that is still causing him a lot of pain so both him and his team have decided that it was best to sit out the two races on Sunday afternoon.