Stuart Easton admits he was extremely lucky to escape his high-speed crash at Brands Hatch with just a broken ankle and knee ligament damage, writes Fiona Scott.
The 32-year-old Hawick rider was lying third going into round six of the British Superbike Championship, and was in the hunt for a podium position in Sunday’s opening race when he crashed out at the Hawthorn bend, catapulting his PBM Kawasaki along the gravel and through the safety fencing.
Easton said: “I was feeling confident coming into the weekend, although we had a few issues getting the bike how I wanted it.
“I was happy after qualifying, although we had a technical problem during morning warm-up which meant we had to change engines. I was feeling good in the race then all of a sudden I was flying towards the barriers and although I’ve suffered an injury to my leg, all things considered, I was extremely lucky.”
The Teri race ace underwent surgery at King’s College Hospital in London, where his ankle was plated and pinned, and he remains optimistic about his return to racing. “I hope to be back and challenging again soon,” he added.
PBM technical director Phil Borley said: “We’ve checked the bike and haven’t found anything untoward, but it’s a real shame, especially as it wasn’t Stuart’s fault.”
Easton, who has claimed four podium finishes this season including a win at Oulton Park, is now in fourth place in the championship table.