Double win sees Easton creep up on leader

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HAWICK’S Stuart Easton produced a remarkable double win in the British Supersport motorcycle championship last weekend.

Competing at the 2.3-mile Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, the Mar Train 600cc Yamaha rider was in scintillating form, taking pole position by 0.4 seconds from defending champion Glen Richards.

In the seven-lap spirit race, the local speedster crossed the line 0.2 seconds in front of championship leader and former champion Alistair Seeley. Easton was delighted with the win and said: “I really wanted that one as it was typical supersport action.”

The circuit is very open and the wind was a problem. The second 13-lap race was an eight-rider scrap and with lots of lead changing, Easton took the lead before it was red-flagged for a incident further down the field.

The race was declared a result with Stuart winning by 0.2 seconds from Gearlinks Ben Wilson.

“It was a tough race which I thought would settle, but more riders came into it,” he added.

He thanked his team for giving him a rocket of a bike which averaged a speed of 108mph.

Easton is now second in the championship, two points behind leader Seeley. The next round moves to Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May Bank Holiday.