Easton looking to get back on bike

Stuart East at Macau Grand Prix 2009
Stuart East at Macau Grand Prix 2009

HAWICK motorbike ace Stuart Easton has admitted how close he came to death in his North West 200 crash last month – but insists his desire to be back on the bike is bigger than ever.

Easton was left nursing broken legs, pelvis and fingers after the high speed crash at the Northern Ireland road race but it was a punctured bowel that was the most serious.

Three weeks on and he is still in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital but revealed, after thinking about quitting, his thoughts are now turning to a return to action.

The Paul Bird Motorsport team have guaranteed him a ride for next year, in the class of his choosing.

Easton said: “The first operation was pretty much a lifesaver because my bowel had ruptured, there was a lot of blood loss so it was a bit of a mess internally plus I had all the breaks so they did an emergency op.

“That first week I was done and over riding motorbikes. I was thinking what I could do away from them until Paul (Bird) came in and made me the offer for 2012 and in the last few days I have been watching the TT on telly and MotoGP. I’ve realised my love for motorbikes again.”

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