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Exclusive interview with Stuart Easton

I'm more that fit enough to win a bike race though, that's for sure. I never really struggle with fitness anyway. I did have problems coming back straight after the crash and last season was pretty tough. This season having had another winter off to prepare, I'm much more ready for it and I'm ready to do the job.

Crash.net:
Did it affect your confidence, does it still hang around in the back of your mind?

Stuart Easton:
Not really, I just take it as it comes. Confidence depends more on the circumstances you're in and the bike you're on. This year I'm on the Mar-Train 600 Yamaha and I've won the first race of the season so confidence is not an issue

Crash.net:
Why do you do the road racing?

Stuart Easton:

I only do two really, the NW200 and the Macau GP. I don't want there to be any more than that because I don't want to lose focus on our number one priority which is the British Supersport championship. A couple of road races on top of that is a full enough calendar.

I only do those two and not the TT, because for the TT the learning curve is huge. In the NW200 and Macau GP you can go there and get the job done because you can learn the place relatively quickly. In the TT though, for your first year you're going to be wobbling around at the back. You've got to put everything into it and it has to be the pinnacle of your year to be successful at the TT.

The Macau GP is a pretty unique event in that it's fully lined with barriers. Before I'd never even heard of the place and I went to do it without really knowing what I was letting myself in for. As it turned out I really enjoyed it. I've won that race three times so we're hoping to go back there for a blast, but it's not 100% certain we'll go there, Mar-Train have never been there before.

Crash.net:
Was going back to the NW200 this year your idea or the team's?

Stuart Easton:
It had to be mine really. The team are local to the NW and it's a big race for them, but I have to be 100% up for it, which I am. It was me who first brought up doing it and luckily the team were really pleased with that. I think I've got a good chance on the 600 at least.

Crash.net:
What is your perspective on last season in BSB?

Stuart Easton:
My main problem was my injuries. It was pretty soon going back and I got injured mid-season so that meant that the results were patchy overall.

Also our crew chief left the team after a couple of races and he wasn't replaced. I didn't have a crew chief as such for the rest of the season. It's fair to say that the team pulled together and there was help there, but there was no one person there I could have called my crew chief.

Now I've got Andy Jamison as my crew chief at Mar-Train. He's worked with the R6 for many years now and has them well covered and what he doesn't know about the R6 is probably not worth knowing. That gives me great confidence. He's had the bike set up with a great base setting wherever we ride and up to now I've never disagreed with what he's given me. I've got a good team to work with.

I still get on with the PBM team though. I've known them for a long, long time and they've put some excellent bikes under me. Also, let's not forget that he [Paul Bird] gave me the chance to make my come back in the first place. I'm still very grateful to the PBM team.

Crash.net:
Isn't Paul Bird a personal sponsor of yours?

Stuart Easton:
He was last season, but not this.

Crash.net:
Tell us about the Mar-Train team

Stuart Easton:



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