Hawick rider Stuart Easton believes he’s still in the mix for
MCE British Superbikes glory ahead of this weekend’s meeting at Snetterton.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ace sits fourth in the standings after two races, 50 points behind teammate and leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, but despite the large points deficit, the 30-year old remains confident he can chase down the three-time British Superbike champion.
Easton said: “The season is only two races old but I feel that from my first two rides I’m confident that I’ll continue to put pressure on those at the top. The fact that Shane is leading is great for the team, but I’m not far off him, about two or three tenths, so I’m not out of it by any means. We’re only now onto our third ride of the season and I think he [Byrne] will know that it is still early days and anything can happen over the course of the year.”
Easton continued: “The main thing for me is to stay in the top six right to the end of the season and make it into the showdown. I am positive that we can achieve that with the package we have in the bike right now and how I’m feeling going around the track.”
Easton, who has performed solidly in his first season back in British Superbikes, admits that Snetterton does not hold too many fond memories. “I’ve had a bit of bad luck there with two broken wrists and a couple of non-finishes, which are not exactly results to shout home about going into this weekend.
He added: “Despite the bad run I’m still confident of getting the job done down there and pretty positive the package we have going there will put me in a place to compete.”