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Stuart Easton revisits scene of horror crash

'I had a second place at the North West in 2010, the year before the crash, so there's still a box to be ticked here and so I am coming back to try to do it' - Stuart Easton
British Supersport rider Stuart Easton revisited the scene of his near-fatal accident at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland on Tuesday as he prepares to return to the event in May.

Easton has joined the Ulster-based Mar-Train Racing Yamaha team for 2013 to challenge for the Supersport crown he previously won in 2002.

The 29-year-old from Hawick in Scotland will also contest the North West 200 for the first time since a serious 140mph smash in 2011.

Easton suffered a string of terrible injuries in the incident after clipping the rear of his then MSS Kawasaki team-mate Gary Mason's machine in practice, which slowed suddenly due to a suspected electrical fault.

Mason stayed upright, but Easton was flung over the handlebars and careered down the middle of the road, coming to rest some 100m from where the initial impact took place.

His injuries included a shattered pelvis, a ruptured bowel, two broken legs and serious internal bleeding, which posed the biggest danger to his life.

Thankfully, he recovered after a three-month spell in hospital in Belfast and Edinburgh and eventually returned to action in the British Superbike Championship.

During his visit to Northern Ireland for a North West 200 press conference this week, Stuart also visited the medical staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital who treated him in the aftermath of his crash.

On his return to the international road race in May – when he will compete on Yamaha machinery in the Supersport and Superbike classes – Easton said: “I can honestly say that I now know what real pain is. It is unbelievable how much your body can take but I got through it.




Related Pictures

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Stuart Easton at the scene of his horror accident at the North West 200
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki Supersport machine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
James Hillier in action at the Isle of Man TT
Manx rider Dean Martin
Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock race at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the North West 200
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
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Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200

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Rc30 - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 11:48 PM

Been really unlucky through injures every year he has been on a good machine and going well something has happened. Let's hope a year on the 600 gets him back to his best.

i like green - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 11:51 PM

Nobody doubts stuarts pace, and although last year didn,t pan out so well, with only flashes of his real pace, i think you could forgive him that. On the r6 this year he only has to go one better than Kennedy went last year!



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