Although disappointed to miss out on a maiden ViSK.com British Superbike pole position, Stuart Easton is now turning his attentions to a race win challenge instead at Oulton Park.
Many, including eventual pole sitter Leon Camier, had expected the Hydrex Honda rider to be the one celebrating a first top spot at BSB level when he broke the 1min 36secs barrier, only for the Airwaves Yamaha man to snatch it from him in the dying moments of the session.
Nonetheless, second goes one better than where Easton started at the Brands Hatch season opener and with 'no prizes for pole', the Scot is merely content with the front row.
“I am happy enough - the front row is always the aim” he told Crash.net Radio
. “If you string a good lap together here, you can get a surprising lap time. You can try really hard and not get a good time, but it is important to remain smooth.
“It is a bit disappointing to be on pole position almost right to the end, but that can always be the way. There are no prizes for pole, so the front row will do us.
Having displayed his ability off the start line in both races at Brands Hatch, Easton is hopeful he can make a sustained challenge for victory this time around, provided it stays dry.
“The forecast is very wet, so we'll try and get two good finishes. If it is dry then I will be even happier, so hopefully we can get two podiums and maybe even a first win.”