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Easton closes in on championship lead

'To get two wins is all that matters to be fair and the team and bike were faultless all weekend' - Stuart Easton
Stuart Easton dramatically closed the gap at the top of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with a maximum points haul at Thruxton.

The Mar-Train Racing recruit won both races to close to within two points of Gearlink Kawasaki's Alastair Seeley at the top of the championship after dropping points when he crashed out of race two at Brands Hatch.

Easton, who has now won three of the four Supersport races held so far, took victory in the rescheduled Sprint race by 0.248s from Gearlink pair Seeley and Ben Wilson.

The race was stopped after eight laps when Glen Richards suffered a heavy fall that left his Smiths Triumph in flames.

Behind Easton, Seeley and Wilson, Billy McConnell and Graeme Gowland completed the top five.

Easton also emerged on top in the second race following another titanic battle with Seeley, Wilson, McConnell and Richards, which was also red-flagged after an incident involving Northern Ireland's Nikki Coates and Sam Hornsey at Club.

The tough Scot edged the verdict over Wilson and Seeley, with McConnell and Richards next.

“Job done for the weekend which was perfect with pole position and two wins,” said Easton.

“I was really pleased with my pace in qualifying, but strangely in the races the pace was slower for everybody.

“To get two wins is all that matters to be fair and the team and bike were faultless all weekend.

“Thankfully I did my job and brought the 50 points home and we can build a lot of confidence from that,” he added.

“We now move on to Oulton Park, which is my favourite circuit and it can't come quick enough.”

Easton's team-mate, Northern Ireland rider Glenn Irwin, finished in 10th and eighth places in both races and also set the second fastest lap in race two on the R6.




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Stuart Easton tests the Mar-Train Yamaha in Spain
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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