Podium place on home track for Easton

Stuart Easton leading team mate Shane Byrne in race two at Scotsman Corner, Knockhill.
Stuart Easton leading team mate Shane Byrne in race two at Scotsman Corner, Knockhill.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Stuart Easton made the short trip to his home Knockhill circuit in Fife for the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship, writes John Mushet.

“I look forward to Knockhill as it is my one and only home round, and we are going into this weekend looking for a vast improvement on Snetterton,” said Easton before the race.

“It is still early days in the championship, but we want to get back to having consistent results like we did at the first two rounds before we stumbled a bit at Snetterton.

“This is where we want to get everything back on track and there is no reason why we can’t. Hopefully, we can give the Scottish supporters something to celebrate.”

A good qualifying session on Saturday saw Easton in fourth place with less than a second separating the top five riders.

And in glorious sunshine, he didn’t disappoint the large home support in race one, finishing in a superb third place. Afterwards, he said: “It feels good to be on the podium for the first time this season and to get my name on the credit list.

“I want this to be a starting point and keep them coming. The start is crucial here and we got a good one, and at the end I just couldn’t quite stay with Shakey Byrne (Easton’s teammate who finished second in a race won by Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari).

Due to an incident, resulting in James Ellison crashing out at the Taylor’s hairpin, Easton was moved back three places on the grid for race two, leaving him on the third row. Settling into a good pace, the Hawick rider had to settle for a lonely fifth-placed race, which keeps him in seventh slot in the championship, but now only two points off the top six shoot-out. Easton now feels he can move up the table after this solid performance, starting in three weeks’ time at Brands Hatch.