Stuart Easton has surprised doctors with his resilience and progress after his serious accident at the North West 200 road race last Thursday.
The MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider is being cared for at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and is set for an operation to pin his pelvis and femur today.
Stuart’s wife Claire said: “They are really happy with his progress and gobsmacked by how strong and tough he is!”
Fresh from a second-place finish in race two at BSB round three at Croft, Easton travelled to Northern Ireland bidding to build on a podium finish in the second superbike race from last year.
However he didn’t make it to race day, colliding with MSS Colchester Kawasaki teammate Gary Mason at high speed during the opening lap of the superstock qualifying session.
The 27-year-old suffered two broken legs and hips, a broken coccyx, pelvis and fingers as well as a punctured bowel.
“One of the doctors said he couldn’t count how many pieces the pelvis was broken into as there were that many bits but he was operated on and had external fixators fitted to both his pelvis and legs to hold everything in place,” said MSS Colchester Kawasaki team boss Nick Morgan.
“He’s obviously taken a huge impact but he’s a strong guy and even when we saw him he was f-ing and blinding like mad about how his season was knackered and how annoyed he was.”
While his 2011 season looks to be in tatters the Teri was handed a boost this week with a guaranteed contract, in whatever class he and his team choose, for next year by the Paul Bird Motorsport team.
Bird – boss of the World Superbike Kawasaki team – who is a huge admirer of Easton, said: “It’s going to be a long and painful road ahead for him and the last thing he needs to be worrying about is whether or not he’s got a ride, so we will provide him with a competitive bike for next season in whichever championship both Stuart and the team decide upon and feel he’ll be most competitive in.”
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