‘Bit of a blow’ admits Easton

Stuart Easton takes to the track at Snetterton before being hit with mechanical problems
Stuart Easton takes to the track at Snetterton before being hit with mechanical problems

HAWICK’S Stuart Easton insists every little helps despite failing to repeat his Oulton Park heroics in round four of the MCE Insurance British Superbike season at Snetterton.

The 28-year-old headed to the Norfolk track full of confidence after his podium finish at Oulton Park in round three, his first since a horrific crash last year.

But Easton the smile was soon wiped off of Easton’s face as he lasted just four laps in race one before bringing his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki bike back into the garage.

However, Easton turned things around in race two to finish eighth and believes anything is a bonus with him still feeling his way back into the season.

“We made really good progress this weekend and put the bike in a strong position in qualifying,” said Easton, who qualified for race one in eighth.

“I was pleased with where we were placed on the grid and we wanted to just take it from there and get as good a result as possible.

“It was a bit of a blow to have such a short-lived time of it, something just cut out coming into the final corner, we did get it into the pitlane and re-boot it but that was it in terms of getting anything from the race.

“That’s racing, sometimes it doesn’t always go your way, which is something I can certainly testify for. We’ve just got to get on and focus with job at hand.

“This is my first time out at Snetterton and I felt like I was getting to grips with the circuit a bit, but to only get one real lap of racing out there is bitterly disappointing.

“Every lap here is progress for me because I’m still coming back to it and that was no different this week.

“I was feeling good in warm-up and we were quietly confident of getting a result coming into the race because the pace in warm-up was encouraging.”

Easton will be looking to continue his impressive return closer to home at Knockhill next month and insists he is hungrier than ever to return to the podium sooner rather than later.

“This shows you how quickly a promising weekend can turn into one which is all about damage limitation,” he added.

“When something like this happens you have to dust yourself down and get on with it and that’s how the situation is now and that is what I will be doing.”

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