By Christian Tiburtius
Stuart Easton has made a near perfect return to the British Supersport Championship so far this season, winning three out of the opening four races.
This exclusive interview was conducted between the back-to-back Brands Hatch and Thruxton rounds...
Why do you race?
It's not an easy question to answer - about two years ago I nearly died racing, but despite that I've never really thought why.
I don't think there's one big reason. I always want to come back to racing, but as bike racers we just want to prove ourselves. It's something a little strange in that way.
Also the competitive urge is part of it. I don't ride on the road, but I do ride motocross and I've got a massive liking for motorbikes, full stop. You get the bug and it gets under your skin a bit.
Things that keep me going include reaching goals that I set for myself whether that be winning a race, championship or set a lap time. That's rewarding and gives you a sense of achievement.
My main dislike has to be crashing and injuries, though I have to say that I don't focus too much on those kind of aspects.
Talking about things you dislike, coming back from your accident at the NW200 must have been hard, did you think of retiring?
If I'm honest, I did for the first couple of weeks I was in hospital. I considered packing it in but I always joke now that that was just the drugs talking. After the first two weeks though, when I became stable, I pretty quickly started planning my comeback. There wasn't much thought about retiring once I became fully conscious, that's for sure.
My wife knew deep down that I would never retire anyway and she fully expected that I would continue racing if I could. Also at a basic level, I feel grateful that I was able to come back, I had that many injuries that it could have been career ending, so I feel blessed and want to make the most of it.
I had really good support in hospital and you do find out who your friends are in a situation like that. I got support from all sorts of people. I'm now fully fit but I won't be entering any triathlons.