Stuart Easton is targeting success this weekend at Brands Hatch as he embarks on his second stint in the British Superbike Championships, writes Alexander McLeman.
The 30-year-old former British Supersport Champion hopes he can transfer his success from the 600cc bikes to the more powerful 1000cc machines, as he pursues his career in the top level of domestic racing.
“I am pleased to be back in the British Superbikes, it is a big bike class and where most riders want to be in the UK. I really enjoyed riding 600cc Supersport bikes last year and could have ran the number one bike plate this year, but I wanted to move up to Superbikes.” There is growing expectation that Easton will recapture the form that had the Hawick rider six points off the Championship lead after six races in 2011 before a horrific accident sidelined him for almost 18 months.
The Paul Bird Motorsport team rider remains confident in his ability to start the season on a high, but admits there is pressure on all the riders to perform in the opening race.
“Well, you cannot win the Championship at round one, but you can’t lose it. I am never one to make big statements, I will leave it to the rest of them [competition] “added Easton.
“It is all about picking points early in the year and you have to be in the top six after nine rounds for the final three round showdown, so that is the job at hand this weekend.”