Easton leads Superbike charge for Cup

Stuart Easton gets some last minute advice from his team on the grid.
Stuart Easton gets some last minute advice from his team on the grid.

After missing out on a top-six showdown spot in the British Superbike Championship, Hawick’s Rapid Solicitor Kawasaki Superbike rider Stuart Easton headed to Holland and the 2.8-mile TT circuit of Assen.

Easton is now fighting for the Superbike Cup, for the riders who finish outside the top six for the last three rounds of this championship.

Riding in really difficult conditions, due to a drying and greasy track, Easton qualified in a disappointing 18th place on the grid for the first of Sunday’s races.

With the rain falling before the race, the track started to dry and the Borderer began to make superb progress through the field, battling with Kendall’s James Ellison en route, to take third place.

After the race, Easton said he was happy to take a podium place and spray some champagne, and that he is just taking it race by race now.

Even though he is not keen on the wet, Easton rode superbly when many of the riders crashed out, including his team-mate Shane “Shakey” Byrne, the championship leader.

Race two was held in near perfect conditions, with Easton having a lonely race to finish in sixth place.

Easton, however, knows that he has had a solid start to the cup competition, which he now leads by 23 points from James Ellison.

The next round is at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.