Easton finishes season as top Honda.

Stuart Easton took his second BSB victory with a thrilling triumph in race one of the Oulton Park triple header - only for the season to end on a sour note when the Hydrex Honda rider crashed out of race three.

Saturday's restarted and shortened opening race was widely considered the best of the year, with Easton and team-mate Tommy Hill trading places with Airwaves Yamaha duo Leon Camier and James Ellison.

New champion Camier looked like he had seized control heading into the last lap, but a determined Easton wasn't to be denied and dived up the inside at Hizzy's chicane, holding on for the second win of his BSB career - and his first 'proper' victory after Camier's race one troubles at Croft.

Race two then saw Camier gain his revenge over Easton by just 0.08sec, something the Scotsman planned to reverse during the final race of the season.

However, on the fifth lap, Easton clipped the kerb at Britten's chicane and crashed out, amazingly his first crash of any description during 2009. Easton nevertheless finished the season third in the championship, and the top Honda rider.

“On the whole it's been a good weekend - I got pole position, won the first race and then pushed Leon extremely hard in the second so it's only the final race that let me down,” said Easton.

“I could see Leon was edging away and I was desperate to pass Tommy, which led to me getting a bit frustrated. When you're so close to someone through that chicane, you can't see the kerb and I just got caught out when the bike decked out.

“It's a bit disappointing to end like that but I can't complain too much as it's been a great year with wins and podiums along the way so a big thank you to everyone connected with the team.”

Easton is yet to confirm his plans for 2010.

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Stuart Easton - Hydrex Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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bill - Unregistered

October 13, 2009 10:18 PM

Yeah Gary Masons a nice guy but hes had a chance with hydrex before and virgin and stobart..... Why do people think he will do better this time?

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