Stuart Easton is refusing to rule himself out of qualifying for the British Superbike title showdown, despite realising he will need to rediscover the luck that has so far deserted him at Cadwell Park.
The Scot was tipped to be a title contender aboard the Swan Honda this year, but while he began the year well with a win at Oulton Park, a series of mechanical and self-inflicted issues have conspired to leave him on the cusp of dropping out of title contention.
Needing to be inside the top six at the end of this weekend's Cadwell Park round, Easton is currently on the back foot, 36 points adrift of current sixth place incumbent Alastair Seeley with only a maximum of 50 up for grabs.
Nonetheless, Easton is determined to give it his best, or at least end what has been a difficult season 'on a high'
“I can't wait for Cadwell Park; I am really looking forward to it as it is a proper racer's circuit and a real challenge. It's surprising really as I haven't had the best of luck there so far this season – on the two occasions I have been there I have crashed quite heavily, so hopefully it will be third time lucky this weekend.
“I know that I still have an outside chance of getting in to the Showdown, but we know that anything can happen, so I really need to get my head down and finish ahead of Alastair (Seeley) and John (Laverty).
“We definitely need to build on the last few rounds and give it everything, there are still nine races left of the season so we need to finish on a high.”
Easton currently has the worst 'non-scoring' record of any rider in the top ten with eight failures to score.