Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 12 Apr 2014
Stuart Easton has said he’s happy to be back on a Superbike after a year back in the British Supersport class. The 2002 Supersport champion stepped back into the 600cc series for 2013 after a tough superbike campaign the year previous only to go on and take the crown again aboard the MarTrain Yamaha.
For 2014 he steps back up to the superbike class, again with Paul Bird Motorsport Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki as team mate to three-time champion, Shane Byrne. Easton has had a moderately successful testing period, setting the seventh fastest time at Donington and eighth at Snetterton.
“I’d be lying if I said it was easy to come back and jump on a superbike” Easton said, speaking to Bike Social.
“I’ve carried on a couple of bad habits from the 600 of last year but I’m pleased to be back and I’m working away. I was seventh fastest at Donington and I’m eighth fastest here. I would say it’s respectable. I’m a little disappointed at the gap to the front, it’s a little more I would have liked.
“We’ve looked at the data and I can see where we’re losing so I’m happy enough. I think there’s more to come from me, we’ll keep working away!
“It’s nice to come back into British Superbikes as the British Supersport champion and I want to show that I can ride a superbike as well again. I’ve had twenty-odd podiums in the class so I just want to get back to where I was back in 2009, 2010 and the early part of 2011. The bike is good and the team is great so I just need to work on it now. It’s great to be working with Shakey again, he’s probably both the best and the worst team mate to have in this paddock! He’s well over a second quicker today and it’s been difficult but I’ve got his data to look at to see where I’m going wrong and I’m sure I’ve got it in me to close the gap at least.”
Easton will also return to the roads this year at the North West 200 aboard his PBM superbike. The Scotsman suffered a horrific crash on the roads in 2011, ploughing into the back of his team mate’s ZX10R after it had suffered from technical difficulties.
“I’m back on the roads again this year and just hope that we can get some good solid weather and it’ll be great fun. The crash a few years back at the North West never really bothered me, I raced the year after a little bit injured! As far as the crash goes it wasn’t my fault so I can get over it but I’ve had the injuries to deal with.”