Stuart Easton was relieved to hold off a late charge by Conor Cummins to secure a second consecutive Macau Grand Prix victory, a result that brings his breakthrough year to a perfect conclusion.
Twelve months after his one-off ride for Hydrex Honda earned him a maiden victory and a full-time deal to race in the British Superbike Championship, Easton starred around the Guia circuit yet again by smashing the lap record during qualifying.
Starting from pole position, the Scot raced into an early lead, but began to struggle with tyre wear towards the closing stages. With Kawasaki's Cummins reeling him in, Easton lost the lead on the penultimate lap, but fought back to make a decisive move on the final revolution.
An ideal end to a season in which he took two BSB victories and third in the overall standings, Easton thanked the Hydrex team for giving him the winning package.
“The first half of the race went really well but as the laps past I realised I had been working my tyres really hard and I started to really feel the grip going off,” he said. “Connor was pushing hard and with two laps to go I really felt I was in trouble. Connor passed me on the penultimate lap but I was absolutely determined to win again so on the last lap I pushed really hard and with what grip I had left I was able to out brake Connor into Lisboa.
“To win again and to set a new lap record has made this the perfect weekend. I must say a big thank you to Shaun Muir who gave me the opportunity to have my best season ever, all the team who have been fantastic and, of course, our sponsors.”