FOR Stuart Easton to even be walking let alone riding ahead of the new MCE Insurance British Superbike season is nothing short of a miracle.
Many thought Easton’s career was over after he suffered multiple injuries, including two broken legs, hips and pelvis and coccyx, after a crash at the North West 200 in May last year.
Paul Bird Motorsport weren’t one of them, offering Easton, 28, a ride while he was still in hospital, and such has been the determination of the Teri, he will saddle up it this weekend.
Brands Hatch acts as the host of 2012 season curtain raiser but Easton, who admits to still feeling the effects of his injury, isn’t about to start talking titles or podiums.
“I haven’t thought about positions or anything like that, I just want to give it 110 per-cent and see what happens,” said Easton – who will officially ride for Bird’s Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki outfit.
“In a way the pressure is off me, I’m back from a big injury so, if can get myself into it, give it a good bash we will see what happens from there.
“There were no ifs or buts, I had to be ready for February, and I made it but with a few aches and pains. I can ride the bike fairly quickly so I’ll see how it goes.
“I still feel weak in certain areas and sore after a ride but I’m spending a lot of time with the physiotherapist and I can only get stronger so it is going in the right direction.”
If Easton isn’t expected to deliver during the opening round of the BSB season at Brands Hatch then his new teammate is – two-time champion Shane Byrne, who finished third last year.
And, having ridden alongside Byrne nine years ago, Easton insists his switch from last season’s employers, MSS Colchester Kawasaki, to Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport feels like a homecoming.
“Shaky and I were teammates back in 2003 when I was in supersport and he was in superbikes and a lot of the team members are still around so it is a bit like coming home really,” he added.
“The team have given me a lifeline after my injuries.”
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