STUART Easton may have made life at his new team look all too easy in the opening skirmishes of his 2011 season - but the Hawick rider insists the hard work is just beginning.
The MSS Colchester Kawasaki ace claimed two podium finishes at the MCE Insurance British Superbike round two at Oulton Park, including second in race two – the Essex outfit’s best ever BSB result.
The 27-year-old arrives at round three in Croft this weekend second overall in the rankings, 11 points behind leader Shane Byrne. And despite his impressively consistent start to the season Easton insists that the strength of his title rivals shows that he can’t afford to take his eye off the ball. He said: “I’m really pleased with how it all went at Oulton Park, obviously I would have liked to have won a race there but I can’t complain about two podium finishes.”
“It was hard enough to get on the podium, the races were really tough, they were the sort where you could easily have ended up down in sixth or seventh.
“We want race wins and I believe we are good enough to get them but I am under no illusions about how tough the competition is.
“At Oulton there were seven or so riders in with a chance of winning but in general you would have to say there are a dozen really fast guys who are still in with a shout.
“Obviously the aim at the end of the day is to get into the top six before the showdown comes at the end of the season and if I keep finishing in the top six on race day then that should be enough.”
Easton has reignited his career after joining MSS Colchester Kawasaki in the off-seaso, a feat made all the more impressive by his, and his team, having to get to grips with some brand new machinery – the Kawasaki ZX10R. He continued: “It [Croft] is a very demanding track to race on, but I’m excited about it because if we can get the bike to work there then we can get it to work anywhere.
“The problem is that with a new bike every circuit we go to is brand new, we have no data to go on unlike other teams.
“But that has its up sides too as this bike is as bad as it is going to be, I mean that in a good way, we can only improve, there’s a lot of potential here and I’m excited about just how fast we can go.”
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