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Exclusive interview with Stuart Easton

"There's no launch control, traction control or anti-wheelie. It puts the rider in control and cuts out one area where there could be a number of problems" – Stuart Easton.
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...

Crash.net:
Why do you race?

Stuart Easton:
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.

Crash.net:
Talking about things you dislike, coming back from your accident at the NW200 must have been hard, did you think of retiring?

Stuart Easton:
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.




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