British Superbike racer Stuart Easton is in a confident mood after qualifying on the second row of the grid for the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Although Easton, who raced with Kawasaki in BSB this year, has spent much of the weekend adapting to the Doosan Honda Fireblade, he was still able to secure sixth position on the grid, just 1.4secs off the pace.
Racing under the guidance of the Shaun Muir Racing this weekend, Easton is pleased with his race pace and is optimistic of a good showing in the 42nd running of the event.
"It's great to be part of the Doosan team and to be working with such an established crew" he said. "The first Free Practice session was very steady as I was getting used to the Honda Fireblade machine and also having to deal with the very slippery conditions here at Macau."
"First Qualifying was much better as I felt increasingly confident on the bike and realised I could push a little harder with every lap and was satisfied to be fifth at the end of the session."
"In Qualifying 2 I was able to improve my lap time by over 2.5 seconds to secure my place on the second row. I'm very happy with my race pace on race tyres and have a podium finish firmly in my sights to reward the team for their fantastic effort and support."
Easton was also praised by Muir, who singled out the Scot's ability to adapt to a different bike quickly. He also believes Easton has a shot at the podium in the race.
"A second row start is exactly where we thought we would end up and Stuart has adapted to the bike really quickly. He has worked well with both the bike and the team which has resulted in faster times as each session has progressed. Stuart's race pace is good enough for a podium finish and we're looking forward to tomorrow's race."