Solid Snetterton ride keeps Easton in fourth

Hawick Superbike ace Stuart Easton leads the pack into Murray's corner at Snetterton
Hawick Superbike ace Stuart Easton leads the pack into Murray's corner at Snetterton

Hawick’s Stuart Easton overcame his circuit demons during last weekend’s MCE British Superbike weekend at the 2.9 Snetterton 300 circuit.

Putting behind him previous crashes and podium misses, the PBM Kawasaki rider gained some solid results for his team over the course of the three days.

Easton admitted he was still trying to get over his “mental block” at the Norfolk track after big crashes in 2005 and 2008.

“Overall it wasn’t too bad today, considering it’s my least favourite circuit,” he said, after coming eighth fastest in Friday’s warm up.

“It has not been great in recent years. But that is not the way to look at it – it’s just a circuit with corners and tarmac, but for me it is harder here than other circuits.”

Saturday’s qualifying went well placing Stuart in seventh place for the two 14 lap races on Sunday.

Race one was led from start to finish by his team-mate and reigning champion Shane Byrne. Stuart was in a good mix of riders, finishing in a solid seventh place. In race two he improved even further and looked more confident, finishing in sixth spot, which keeps him in fourth place in the championship.

Tongue in cheek, he said: “The only lap I enjoyed was the in-lap.”

He is now looking forward to his home race at Knockhill in Fife in two weeks.

z After a seven-week gap in the British Formula One Sidecar Championship, Lauder’s Kershaw Racing Express Tyres/Blinkbonney Quarry team also travelled to Snetterton, where Steve Kershaw and Rob Wilson were hoping to improve on their fourth place in this highly competitive championship.

With six qualifying laps, the Borders duo qualified in fifth place, with only 2.6 seconds separating the top six sidecars. Saturday’s race saw the local lads fight it out with JH Racing and the reigning champions Hegarty Racing for third place, which they duly gained on lap eight and held on to.

In race two they had an even better start, but a punctured front tyre saw Kershaw and Wilson slip to fourth despite their best efforts.

“We were down to less than three pounds of pressure in the tyre, so did really well to finish where we did,” said Wilson after the race.

Although disappointed, the result moves them into third place in the championship, with World and British champions behind them in the standings.

They, too, travel to Knockhill in two weeks.