Double podium on home track sees Stuart go top

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Hawick’s Stuart Easton took the lead in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship during his home round at Knockhill at the weekend.

Competing in the fourth round of the event, Easton took two hard-fought podiums, with third and second placed finishes.

Lying second in the championship by only two points to Gearlink Kawasaki’s Alastair Seeley, the Mar-Train Yamaha rider was hoping to close the gap with good runs in two races over the weekend. Having just about every finishing position at Knockhill Stuart has yet to win there in front of his home crowd. To add further emphasis to this round the meeting was paying tribute to the Borders motorcycle legend Steve Hislop who died in a helicopter crash 10 years ago.

Friday’s qualifying didn’t provide the best of starts for the 30-year-old as a major crash put him back to 14th on the grid. Despite this he moved up through the field in the 18 lap spirit race and finished in an excellent third spot behind the two Gearlink riders.

In Sunday’s 30 lap race Stuart started in seventh place. After a poor start he fought his way into second place behind the eventual winner Ben Wilson. This result gives him a one point lead in the championship over Seeley. Afterward Stuart was delighted with his performance and praised his team for getting him back on the track after his crash on Friday.

“I’m probably a little bit disappointed about not getting that first elusive win at Knockhill but at this stage it’s all about the points,” he added.

“To take 36 points away from the weekend was very productive after our crash on Saturday. It’s been a tough weekend, so I’m pleased to come away leading the championship.”

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Knockhill: 1, Stuart Easton (Mar-Train Yamaha) 156; 2, Alastair Seeley (Kawasaki) 155; 3, Ben Wilson (Kawasaki) 124; 4, Billy McConnell (Triumph) 123; 5, Graeme Gowland (Yamaha) 86. Round Five takes place at Snetterton on July 5, 6 & 7.