Thruxton: Easton and ePayMe Yamaha part company

Stuart Easton and ePayMe Yamaha have come to a mutual split after frustrating progress with the R1 in the opening half of the MCE British Superbike championship.
Stuart Easton and ePayMe Yamaha have come to a mutual split after frustrating progress with the R1 in the opening half of the MCE British Superbike championship.

The Scottish rider has struggled to produce consistency and sharp-end pace on the ePayMe Yamaha since joining the team for this season and the decision has been made mutually between the two parties.

Easton, whose best result had been a ninth place, is keen to remain in BSB and feels he still has plenty to offer despite failing to gel with the Yamaha.

“It is disappointing, but I just haven't gelled with this bike and although we have had top ten finishes, the results have not been what both myself and the team were aiming for this season,” Easton said.

“Together as a team we have really given it a good go and it certainly hasn't been through the lack of trying from my side and also from Tommy [Hill] and the whole team. We have worked to try and move forward, but we have agreed that this is the best situation.

“I have had 29 podium finishes in BSB and four of those were wins, so I certainly don't want to give up there as I definitely feel there is more in me and I want to prove that.”

Team boss Tommy Hill says it wasn't an easy decision but respects Easton's wishes and will try to help him in the future. Hill will now work to find a replacement rider for the rest of the 2016 campaign, while injured rider John Hopkins is expected to be back in action for the tam at round seven at Brands Hatch next month.

“We are sorry that it hasn't worked out with Stuart and it has been a difficult decision, especially as we know how talented he is as a rider and what he can achieve,” Hill said. “We have worked together for a long time in the championship and everyone knows that it is very tough this season, but it is gutting that it hasn't worked out despite a huge push from both sides.

“We know the ePayMe Yamaha package is capable of fighting for podiums, we have seen that with John [Hopkins], so we are now working on plans for a replacement rider. We hope that we can make an announcement on that very soon ready for Brands Hatch and I am also working with Stuart to help him in his next move.”
by Haydn Cobb

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July 27, 2016 12:17 PM

Schwant34: Stuart would be as well making his next move retirement. Best years behind him, well one decent year on the Swan Honda in BSB. Survived some terrible crashes too so retire and enjoy family life Stuart. If you can afford holidays in Barbados then you must be pretty well off. More to life than bikes
Best years behind him? He was British champion again only 2 and a half years ago :S
That title was Supersport not Superbike tho. Nothing against Stuart but he hasn't looked happy for a while. He was a loyal no2 rider for PBM for years but to be fair whatever the after effects of the accident last year he hasn't been same since. Not that I blame him, just an observation.


July 26, 2016 10:46 PM

Sounds like he wanted to leave and I don't blame him. His results have not reflected his ability. Without doubt I believe he would have achieved top 5 results if he was still riding for PBM on the Ducati. Always gone well on Ducatis and the Panigale would have been ideal for his size, weight and riding style. Hope he gets a decent ride.

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