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Stuart Easton
Stuart Easton

STUART Easton’s MCE Insurance British Superbike return was far from ideal – but with the memories of last year’s injury nightmare still raw the Hawick rider insisted he was glad to leave Brands Hatch unscathed.

Easton was lining up in his first competitive race meeting since last May’s North West 200 where the flying Scot suffered a sickening list of injuries in a high-speed crash.

As a result Easton, by his own admission, is adopting a softly-softly approach to his return to BSB action.

You wouldn’t have known it however in qualifying at the Kent circuit with the Hawick rider producing a solid performance to put his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki machinery onto the third row of the grid, outperforming the likes of 2012 champion Tommy Hill.

However Easton was unable to build on those promising shoots on race day at a damp Brands Hatch as after struggling to live with the front-runners the 28-year-old was forced to retire on lap eight.

And any chance for a confidence-building second race of the day went up in smoke when deteriorating track conditions led to the BSB bosses cancelling it.

For a man short of race practice Easton could have been forgiven for spitting feathers at the decision to cut short his return to the track.

But, mindful of his ongoing recovery from last year’s career-threatening injuries, Easton insisted the decision was the only one.

“I did an out lap and had a look at the track before they were due to start the second race and it wasn’t safe so I think the decision was the right one,” said Easton.

“The track had a purple glow to it and it just wasn’t safe really because there was no grip. There was a complete lack of adhesion and so there was nothing else that could be done really.”

Easton will not have long to wait for a chance to continue his British Superbike recovery – the second round kicks off at Thruxton on Friday.

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