Stuart Easton says he's experiencing d?j? vu at Knockhill and was satisfied after securing second place on the grid for race one at his home round.

The Scottish rider explained post-qualifying he banged in almost identical lap times compared to his 2014 efforts on his PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R and found himself fractionally off the pace again. However, this year he is happier after securing a stronger starting position 12 months on.

"It was the same as last year I did a 48.1s lap and was half a tenth off pole but fourth so at least this time I'm on the front row and second place," Easton said. "It is a bit of a shame I didn't get pole but second place is good."

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Easton will start race one directly off the shoulder of pole sitter and PBM Kawasaki team-mate Shane Byrne after pinching second spot from Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes in the closing stages of qualifying.

He almost failed to make the top ten qualifying shootout entirely after complaining of a clutch issue and asked his PBM Kawasaki squad to fit a new one mid-session.

"Getting into Q2 can sometimes be tricky with everyone on the same lap time so that was stressing me and then I had a bit of a panic with my clutch," he said. "I had to apologise to the team because I made them change the clutch mid-qualifying because I had a mystery problem. We will be okay for tomorrow."