Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki star Stuart Easton opted to sit out Monday's pre-season British Superbike test at Almeria in Spain.

The PBM rider decided to take a breather after four days of testing at Aragon and Cartagena as his team-mate Shane 'Shakey' Byrne took to the track to continue development of the ZX-10R.

The shakedown at Almeria brought the Rapid Solicitors outfit's Spanish testing programme to a close and the team will now return to the UK for the final tests ahead of the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch next month.

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"I just spent today with the team and was a spectator as I had done four days consecutively at Cartagena and decided to rest. I think the third day was my best really and I had felt pretty good and then towards the end of yesterday it did catch up with me," Easton said.

"I am going to come back to the UK for some physio and then we should be good for our next test. It has been great being back with the team and it has been something to tick off my list by riding again."

Team manager Paul Risbridger added: "Stuart didn't go out on track today, but after four days he has achieved what he needed to do. We have been getting progressively better in various areas and now we can evaluate what we have learnt here and move forward again when we return to the UK.

"It has been a very good test for us and we have really been building over the past few days. The weather today at Almeria has been spot on and 'Shakey' was able to test at another track which has different characteristics to the previous two which has been valuable for us."