Easton’s Kawasaki future up in the air ahead of Silverstone tilt

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STUART Easton admits his win-to-race ratio in MCE Insurance British Superbikes doesn’t make for good reading – but he has an extra incentive to alter that with two rounds of the 2012 season left.

The 29-year-old Teri had to play second fiddle to Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki teammate Shane Byrne during round ten at Assen in the Netherlands at the weekend.

That was because Byrne was placed in the top six ahead of the trip to the continent – a standing that secured him a spot in the Showdown which sees a play-off style battle for the overall title.

Byrne won race one at Assen and was second in race two and – to most of the general public – Easton’s finishes of ninth and tenth respectively were easy to miss.

Easton has raced more than 100 times in the main BSB series but isn’t impressed by having just three wins – something he intends to address with his whereabouts for 2013 uncertain.

“There’s going to be a lot of chit chat with what’s happening next season. I want to be around and the team know that,” said Easton.

“We’ll have to see what happens with the bike in terms of race set-up because things can go your way one minute and the other the next.

“It’s a weird one for me recently because I’ve just passed 100 BSB races. It may seem like a lot but it’s actually easy to get to that stage. I’ve only won three races out of that 100 so that’s a statistic I want to improve on next season for sure and I want to be here again next season.

“I’ve proven myself a worthy contender and I think I could push on for the title if I kept fit. My pace is there, if everything comes together I know I can get some good results.”

Easton won’t have to wait long to claim a fourth and potentially a fifth career BSB win with the paddock travelling straight from Assen to Silverstone for round 11 this weekend.

And if the trip to Assen was historic – the BSB paddock has never been staged on the continent before – Easton insists racing at Silverstone is always a momentous occasion.

“There’s always a good atmosphere at Silverstone so I’m excited for that and it’s obviously a bit of a spiritual home for motor racing so it’s always nice to go there,” he added.

“I think Silverstone suits the bike; we have a fast top-end speed so I don’t think we will struggle in the same way we have done recently.

“I’ve raced there a few times before and it’s always a place I enjoy racing at so hopefully that will set me in good stead.”

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