Hawick’s Stuart Easton continued his challenge on the British Supersport championship at the 2.6-mile Oulton Park circuit last weekend.
Riding his Mar Train team’s 600cc Yamaha motorcycle, Easton had hopes of reducing the championship lead held by Gearlink Kawaski’s Alistair Seeley.
With less than a second between the top eight riders Saturday’s 10-lap spirit race promised to be a cracker and the riders didn’t disappoint.
Qualifying second on the grid, behind Seeley, Easton battled all the way, with the lead changing hands on several laps, and took the lead with two laps to go before managing to hold off his rival for a superb win.
Sunday’s 15-lap race was even tighter with more riders coming to the fore. Easton had a slow start and got in a mix with several riders which prevented him getting amongst the top three. The race was won by Seeley with the Hawick rider finishing in fourth, less than a second behind the victor.
The result increases Seeley’s lead to 54 points, but with the improvement and wins over the last two rounds Easton is still hoping to reduce this deficit in the championship, which is producing some of the closest races in the British Superbike championship.
The next round is at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire over the August (24 & 25) Bank Holiday weekend.