Stuart Easton maintained his consistent run of early form in this year's British Superbike Championship by claiming a third podium for MSS Colchester Kawasaki at Croft.

The Scot has emerged as a front-runner aboard the ZX-10R so far this year, Easton now the only rider to have finished each race inside the top six.

Though he favoured caution in race one on the way to sixth position, Easton fought back in race two to push his way from ninth to second position, holding John Hopkins and Josh Brookes at bay.

The impressive set of results means Easton is just six points behind Shane Byrne in the overall standings, though more crucially in terms of the impending shootout, he is also 45 points up on the battle for sixth.

"The first race was a slog but I'm really pleased with getting second place in race two. The conditions were so tricky in race one that I was thinking more about the championship, something I possibly shouldn't have done as it is only round three, but it is always better to get a chunk of points than a DNF.

"Race two was a good battle, I had to come through from ninth and by the time I got to second, Shakey had disappeared, but I knew the guys behind were close so I got my head down and kept pushing to stay ahead."