Easton’s hunt for top-six place washed down Cadwell drain

Hawick superbike star Stuart Easton did not have the weekend he was hoping for in the eighth round of the British superbike championship at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, writes John Mushet.

The Rapid Solicitor’s Kawasaki rider knew that he had this round and the next at Donington Park in September to make the top six for the title showdown.

Easton only managed 14th place on the grid in the three-stage qualifying round on Sunday in near-perfect conditions – not in the position he wanted to be in.

In race one on Monday, he moved into ninth place and remained there when rain began to fall and the race was red-flagged due to the track becoming dangerous – the riders were on slick tyres for the dry conditions at the start of the race.

It did put Easton further up the grid, into ninth place, for the day’s second race.

But the weather took a turn for the worse with torrential rain, which was getting heavier throughout the day, making the track conditions treacherous.

With lots of spray and a very greasy track, Easton’s machine went backwards.

When he was in 12th place on lap seven he pulled into the pit lane with a mechanical problem, all but ending his fight for that top-six place.

He is now 34 points adrift of sixth-place contender Chris Walker.

A disappointed Easton was hoping that he could have made up the difference, but now knows he will be contesting the cup competition for the riders who finish in seventh place and above.

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