Easton fighting to hold championship lead at Silverstone

Stuart Easton
Stuart Easton

Teri bike ace Stuart Easton hopes to keep his lead at Silverstone this weekend, in the penultimate races of the 12-round British Supersport Championship.

Back on Sunday September 8, the Mar-Train rider returned to the top of the British Supersport Championship table after taking a race two victory, and new Supersport lap record, at the Donington Park circuit.

Then Easton scored a double Dutch triumph at Assen in the Netherlands, taking his eighth victory of the season during Saturday September 21’s Sprint Race, extending his lead at the top of the table to 22 points.

The Hawick racer took charge on the third lap, and despite strong opposition from Richard Cooper in the closing stages, 
Easton held on for the win and 
25 valuable championship points.

“The game plan was certainly to get to the front and control the race and I think we did that quite well,” Easton said.

In an even stronger performance, the Yamaha motorcyclist led Sunday September 22’s longer distance, 15-lap contest from start to finish to take his ninth 
top step of the season, ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Ben Wilson.

Easton leads on 376 points to Alastair Seeley’s 342, with Ben Wilson third on 279.

After Sunday’s race, he added: “It was great to take a double win, but it wasn’t easy by any stretch. We can take one night off then start getting ready for Silverstone, as we need to be strong there to try and make the last round at Brands a little easier.”

Easton won the Supersport 
title in 2002. He took the runner- up spot the following season and has also recorded podiums and victories in the British Superbike class, and at the International North West 200 – not forgetting his hat-trick of wins at the Macau Grand Prix.