HAWICK Supersport rider Stuart Easton takes a lead of 19 points into the final round of the British Championship next weekend.
Mar Train Yamaha rider Easton finished last weekend’s penultimate round at Silverstone with a narrow six-point lead over close rival Alistair Seeley but a penalty for a dangerous overtake in Sunday’s race resulted in a deduction for the Gearlink Kawasaki no 1.
Qualifying in second place, Easton knew it would be a hard weekend at this, the longest circuit in the championship. And so it proved.
In Saturday’s nine-lap stage he crashed on lap one and the race was won by Seeley, who cut the lead in the Championship to nine points. This also put Easton onto the fourth row for Sunday’s longer 12-lap race.
He knew that he would have to get a good start to get to grips with Seeley, who started on pole position, and after a slow start Easton settled into seventh place as the safety car came out for several laps due to debris on the track.
Given the all-clear, he then moved through the field and finished in fourth place behind third-placed Seeley.
The final round is at Brands Hatch on October 19 and 20 with 50 points up for grabs and just two races left.