STUART Easton says his decision to switch class in time to enter the 2013 British Supersport Championship will benefit his racing career.
The motorbike ace returned to the superbikes scene earlier this year, competing on machines of 1000CC just months after suffering serious injuries the previous year at a race in Northern Ireland.
He believes a return to the 600CC class in which he gained great success in the last decade – Easton won the Supersport Championship in 2003 and earned second and third finishes in other seasons – will suit him perfectly.
He told the Hawick News: “Where I am physically, it will be better. It’s not going to be any easier, but, for a number of reasons, it will suit me a bit better. I can still ride a superbike – I’ve proven that this year – but my style of riding is normally wheels-in-line and using corner speed, which is more suited to 600CC. It should be more fun.”
Earlier this month, Easton signed for Ulster-based team Martrain Yamaha. The 29-year-old is delighted with the move and says his new team mates can help him achieve his lofty ambitions. He said: “My clear goal is to win the championship. I have finished third, second, and first in it before, but it’s never going to be easy – it never is. I’m well aware it’ll be a long hard year. The new team is quite easy to get along with,” continued. “The Northern Irish are a lot more like us Borderers, so the team really feels like home. The bike’s a good package – it finished second in the British Championship this year, so the team has proved to me that they’re capable of good results and a shot at the title.”
In the last four seasons, Stuart has competed in the British Superbike Championship on Kawasaki and Honda machines, and in 2009 he also raced for Kawasaki at Assen in the Netherlands during the World Superbike Championship.
He sustained serious injury at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland in May 2011, suffering a broken pelvis, three broken fingers, leg injuries and internal bleeding.
Easton is a three-times winner of the Macau Grand Prix – in 2008, 2009, and 2010 – and holds the record for the fastest circuit of that course.