Dutch delight for two-race victor Easton

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Teri motorcyclist Stuart Easton celebrated a double win at the Netherlands’ Assen track on Saturday and Sunday.

Easton’s British Supersport victories stretched his lead at the top of the championship table to 34 points, with just four races remaining.

In Saturday’s sprint race, the Hawick ace took charge on the third lap, and despite strong opposition from Richard Cooper in the closing stages, Easton held on for the win and 25 valuable championship points.

“The game plan was certainly to get to the front and control the race and I think we did that quite well,” Easton said.

In an even stronger performance, the Yamaha racer led Sunday’s longer distance, 15-lap contest from start to finish to take his ninth top step of the season, ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Ben Wilson. Easton leads on 376 points to Alastair Seeley’s 342, with Ben Wilson third on 279.

He added: “It was a strong weekend and great to take a double win, but it wasn’t easy by any stretch. For Alastair to be off the podium in both races has helped my championship no doubt. We can take one night off then start getting ready for Silverstone, as we need to be strong there to try and make the last round at Brands a little easier.”

Team principal Tim Martin added: “That’s as impressive a weekend as we’ve had at Mar-Train Racing with Stuart Easton and shows the strength of the package. It’s certainly nice to come away from Assen with a healthy lead in the championship, but we will be taking nothing for granted.

“It’s never over until mathematically impossible and we know Seeley will fight all the way to the end.”

Easton’s next races take place at Silverstone on October 4-6.