Hawick’s returning MCE British Superbike star Stuart Easton had another nightmare of a weekend, with another bad crash at Oulton Park.
The Teri was determined to keep his Showdown spot at this weekend’s Oulton Park triple-header despite breaking his left ankle and right tibia in a crash at Brands Hatch just five weeks ago.
The PBM Kawasaki rider put all his efforts into getting somewhere near fit for the top-six final push and held fifth place ahead of Michael Laverty, and also had a 34-point advantage over Honda’s Dan Linfoot in seventh.
Of his recovery, Easton said: “I have been so focused on Oulton Park as that always had to be my goal because the Showdown is still there. I couldn’t give up on it until I had tried everything to be in it.”
Friday’s practice day went well with Easton making good progress. Then, in the qualifying on Saturday, disaster struck as a big crash at Cascades aggravated his injuries.
This put him out of all the three races and he had to sit and watch while Dan Linfoot took the final sixth spot in the Showdown by only three points.
Easton said that losing his place in the Showdown by just three points to Dan Linfoot was “especially harsh” after being unable to defend his top six spot due to injury.
“After all the hard work in getting back for this round, it’s not only disappointing to suffer another injury setback, but to miss out on a Showdown place by a narrow margin is especially harsh,” Easton said.
“I gave it my best shot and it didn’t work out so now I have to concentrate on getting fully fit again.”
Easton, who hopes to return to action in two weeks time at Assen, now enters the fight for the BSB Riders’ Cup which he currently leads by 20 points ahead of Buildbase BMW’s Richard Cooper.
PBM team owner Paul Bird was sympathetic to his rider after seeing how hard he had to fight just to return to racing before his crushing qualifying crash and is confident he’ll be able to return stronger.
“It’s been a bittersweet weekend and obviously I’m really disappointed for Stuart after fighting his way back from injury only to suffer another one this weekend,” Bird said.
“He was riding really well this season and the broken leg in July came at the worst possible time, and it’s ultimately cost him his place in the Showdown.
“He’s a fighter, though, and will come back stronger for sure.”