HAWICK’S Stuart Easton is being told to ignore the overtures coming from World Superbikes and return to the MCE Insurance British Superbikes next year – by his team boss Nick Morgan.
Easton, who is still recovering from multiple injuries including broken legs and pelvis after a crash at the North West 200, started the 2011 BSB season in fine form.
By the end of round three back in May he sat third in the standings on 89 points with three podium finishes to his name but his subsequent accident ruled him out for the remainder of the year.
It was a blow that his MSS Colchester Kawasaki boss, Morgan, admits his entire team struggled to come to terms with but as Easton steps up his recovery his thoughts are already turning to next year.
And with Kawasaki World Superbike Racing Team boss Paul Bird publicly offering Easton a ride with him when he has recovered from injury, Morgan knows he will need to act quickly to resign the 28-year-old.
“I know Paul [Bird] has offered Stuart a ride in World Superbikes and I wouldn’t like to say that Paul was wrong to do that but, in my opinion, Stuart should come back to us,” said Morgan. “He’s got unfinished business in BSB and I feel confident that he has what it takes to win this championship, he’d have been right up there this year if it wasn’t for the injury.
“Stuart definitely has the talent to ride in World Superbikes, I don’t doubt that for a second, but I’m not sure how prudent it would be to go straight there.
“And after injuries like the ones he has suffered he should be coming back to a team and a set-up that he is familiar with, rather than jumping out of bed and straight into WSB.
“We don’t know what the situation is with the injuries, it will be a bloody long time before he has fully recovered but when he has I just hope he chooses to come back to BSB and to us.”
Morgan has maintained regular contact with Easton during his recovery and is astonished at just how positive the Hawick rider remains. “What happened with Stuart this year was just a total disaster because he was flying. He only raced three rounds but in that time had enough points to still be in the top ten for most of the rest of this season,” he added.
“But it’s not just a case of what might have been that upsets me, Stuart is such a popular bloke and even when I speak to him now he’s buzzing all the time, he’s a remarkably chipper lad.”