Hawick Superbike star Stuart Easton believes he had a lucky escape last weekend despite suffering a fractured leg during a crash at Brands Hatch.
The 23-year-old Borderer travelled to Kent for the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at the 2.4 mile GP circuit.
Lying in third in the Championship, Easton has had a lot of success on this course in the past and was hoping to continue this.
Following good practice and a qualifying sessions Easton started Sunday’s race one in fifth place on the grid and started well, settling into a group and holding his position.
On lap three he entered the very fast right hand bend at Hawthorn when his PBM Kawasaki continued straight on at 140 mph plus and flew through the gravel run off and over the safety fencing, catapulting Easton into the safety barriers. He was taken to the medical centre before going to King’s Hospital in London where he was diagnosed with a lower leg fracture and ligament damage to his knee.
“I was feeling good in the race then all of a sudden I was flying towards the barriers and although I’ve suffered an injury to my leg, all things considered I was extremely lucky,” he commented.
“We’ll see exactly what the damage is this coming week and I hope to be back and challenging again soon.”
Coincidentally Easton’s team-mate Shane Byrne crashed just a couple of laps later at the same bend but was uninjured.
Stuart now sits in fourth place in the Championship.