Stuart Easton says fortune shone down on him at Oulton Park as he claimed his first MCE British Superbike victory for five years after Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne collided three laps from the end.

The Scottish rider hopes the win will energise his season but admits he didn't fancy his chances of victory before his PBM Kawasaki team-mate and the Buildbase BMW rider crashed out at Hizzys.

"My win is a little bit fortunate I have to admit but I felt like I deserved the win," Easton said. "Different people were able to push in different areas, it was a difficult race and I got a bit lucky but we'll take it."

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It is five years almost to the day since Easton's last rise to the top step of the rostrum in British Superbikes when he was on board the Swan Honda on May 3rd 2010, also at the Cheshire track.

"I like it, it is good here," he said. "I was trained by Hissy [Steve Hislop] and he was the master here. I'm a bit speechless but I know I'll enjoy this and keep working, looking to build on this for the rest of the season.

"The win has been a while coming, and I was bit fortunate - there were five or six of us out there running at the same pace. I got lucky, but I will take it. I always go well here and I have won in the Supersport class here too, I really like the circuit and I have really enjoyed this weekend. We now need to build on today and keep pushing for Snetterton."