Hawick’s Stuart Easton returned to the scene of his 2013 British Supersport Championship win at the 2.4-mile Brands Hatch GP in Kent for the latest round of the British Superbike championship, writes John Mushet.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s rider was hoping to build on his good showing at the Knockhill round two weeks ago, where he managed a podium place.
Qualifying in a disappointing 12th place, Easton needed to find some extra pace to battle for a podium for the MCE British Superbike double-header at Brands Hatch on the Sunday, but failed to make it into Q3 during qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
With the showdown fast approaching and the Borders rider not yet inside the top six times, Easton is now hoping to make a mark in the next two races.
And with team-mate, Shane Byrne, constantly on the podium, the rider feels he has a lot to live up to in the Paul Bird garage.
He told The Southern: “The first box that has to be ticked is getting into the showdown – which is the main aim.
“We need to find a bit of pace, and we need more speed and at least be in the top six. I have proved that I can be quick enough, but it’s up to me to make it happen without crashing and the team is good enough on the other side of the garage to win every week – so I just have to be quicker.”
In the dry race one Easton was way off the pace when finishing in 10th spot, while race two fared no better. This leaves him in eighth place in the championship, 14 points off a top-six showdown spot.
He knows he must get back to form at the next round at Thruxton in Hampshire in two week’s time.