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Stuart Easton revisits scene of horror crash

“I've come back to British championship racing and I've stood on the British Superbike podium since the crash, so I know that I will be fine when I come back to race at the North West this May.”

Easton finished as the runner-up in the main Superbike race at the NW200 in 2010 when he rode for Shaun Muir's Swan Honda outfit.

He also lit up the event in qualifying that year, upping the top speed record previously held by Michael Rutter to a staggering 204mph.

Martin Jessopp has since topped 208mph on the Riders Ducati at the event.

“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,” added Easton.

“I am heading into the 2013 season good to go and I'm as fit as I've ever been.

“The crash was one of those things - it wasn't my fault.

“It wasn't like I was trying too hard or anything like that, it was a machine failure in front of me and I was unlucky to clip the back of Gary's machine and that was that really.

“I think overall I was lucky to get away with it and that's the main thing.”

The diminutive Scot paid tribute to level of care he received at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and acknowledged the support of the Northern Ireland fans following the crash.

“I had so much support in Northern Ireland when I was in hospital with all the cards and letters from people,” he said.

“I was never short of visitors and there were letters from all over Northern Ireland and that really spurred me on.”




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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!

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.



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