17 April 2013
Exclusive interview with Stuart Easton
Well, I knew I could do it, but I suppose there is always that tiny bit of doubt until you actually win one. It settled me and confirmed what we thought we knew anyway.
Tell us a little about the Yamaha, how will it go at other circuits?
I'm not too sure, because I've not ridden the bike at most of the circuits. I'm pretty sure there'll be close racing wherever we go though.
The chassis is really good and it's a bike I felt comfortable on straight away. I think it makes 140 something brake horsepower and power wise will be close to a WSS bike. The big difference between the WSS and BSS bike is that our bike uses the Motec control ECU.
Now racing bikes have probably got less electronics than road bikes, with the control ECU there's no help with anything. There's no launch control, traction control or anti-wheelie and I've got to say that I think that's good. It puts the rider in control and it cuts out one area where there could be a number of problems. With the control ECU, there are less issues and it's just easier.
Was it good coming back to the Supersport class after racing Superbikes for so long?
I enjoy them both in different ways. People assume that the 600s are easier to ride, I don't think they are though because you really have to chase them round to get every ounce out of them so they're hard to get the most out of. To be on the lap record you have to be working very hard. Superbikes are a bit more physical in a different way, but there are times when you can let the power do the work.
They're both hard work in their different ways, luckily I never have problems getting tired or out of breath though.
Do you find you have to do more training now?
No, not really, I do enough. I do maybe 1 1/2 hours if I'm training on that day.
On circuit racing, you don't get an out of breath tiredness. You can do all the cardio training you want, it's bike fitness you have to develop. I think motocross is the way to train, there just no substitute for being on the bike.
John McGuinness is probably the best example for that, he doesn't train himself to death, but he nearly won the Superstock race and could probably ride the bike all day and night. He's got great bike fitness. If he had to run 2 miles though, he might struggle!
Apparently the Mar-Train team is 'factory supported', what does that mean?
That we're the main Supersport team for Yamaha. We're supported by Yamaha UK.
Sam Lowes and Jack Kennedy have shown how well BSS riders can do internationally, where do you see your future?
WSS would be a good place to be, WSS, BSS BSB, whatever, I just want to be on a competitive bike like I am now and win races. Wherever that leads, who knows?
You come over as calm, quiet and respectful, how does that fit in with racing bikes?
Everybody's got aggression in them and I guess that when you ride bikes, that's when it comes out. Also there's a strong desire to race, and above all, win. That gives you the anger that you need as a bike racer.
At the same time, I'm at my best when I'm calm, if you become flustered and over aggressive the race won't come to you. Some riders need to ride aggressively to go fast but for me it comes more naturally when everything's under control. It's really hard to explain, racing can be a kind of release.
What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses as a rider?
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