Stuart Easton

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Stuart Easton
Stuart Easton - BSB Snetterton 2009.jpg
Stuart Easton riding an Hydrex Honda during the Snetterton 2009 BSB championship
Nationality Scottish
Born (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 31)
Hawick, Scotland
Current team Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Bike number 5
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2009
Manufacturers Kawasaki
Championships 0
2009 Championship position N/A
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
2 0 0 0 0 0

Stuart Easton (born 21 July 1983 in Hawick) is a Scottish motorcycle racer. He was the 2002 British Supersport champion riding for Paul Bird's MonsterMob Ducati team. He has subsequently ridden in the British Superbike Championship on Kawasaki and latterly Hydrex Honda, gaining his first win in the Superbike class at Croft 2009. He has also contested one World Superbike and six World Supersport championship events.

Career[edit]

British Supersport 2002-07[edit]

In 2002 Easton took 7 wins en route to the Supersport title, finishing ahead of Scott Smart and Michael Laverty.[1] He attempted to defend his title in 2003, taking 3 wins and eventually finishing runner up to future team mate Karl Harris.[2]

In 2004 Easton stepped up to Superbikes in the early part of the season, before returning to Supersport in the later rounds.[3] 2005 saw a return to full-time supersport action, with another pair of wins on the way to third in the championship behind Leon Camier and Craig Jones.[4]

For 2006 it was a mix of British and World Supersport races, again for Ducati, with some strong early results in the domestic series including a win in the first race, and a best finish of sixth at world level.[5] 2007 saw a mix of British Supersport and Superbike rounds, although results were not as strong as in previous seasons.[6]

British Superbikes 2008-Present[edit]

Easton progressed full-time to the British Superbike Championship in 2008 joining the MSS Discovery Kawasaki team.[7] He finished that season in 13th place, mainly due to a crash in practice for the 5th round at Snetterton, breaking his wrist and forcing him to sit out the next 4 rounds.[8]

2009 saw Shaun Muir signing him to his Hydrex Honda team for the 2009 British Superbike season alongside Karl Harris.[9] At the first race of the season at Brands Hatch, Easton gained his first ever British Superbike podium finishing 3rd in the first race. Easton continued his good start to the season with a 3rd and a 2nd in the two races of the third round at Donington Park. Round 10 at Croft Circuit saw Easton finally take his and Hydrex Honda's maiden BSB win with a lights to flag victory. Easton took his maiden BSB pole position in the final round of the 2009 season at Oulton Park, and took his second win of the season in Race 1, impressively beating champion Camier on the last lap. He ended the season third in the championship behind the dominant Airwaves Yamahas of Camier and James Ellison.

Maintaining a relationship with Paul Bird Motorsport, who are one of Easton's personal sponsors and who he won the British Supersport title with, he is also a test and development rider for Kawasaki SRT in World Superbikes, and filled in for the injured Broc Parkes at the Assen Round, finishing 18th in Race 1 and retiring in Race 2.[10]

Early speculation for 2010 suggested that Easton will ride for PBM Kawasaki in the World Supersport series,[11] although it was later confirmed he had re-signed with Hydrex Honda for 2010.[12] Team owner Shaun Muir later confirmed that Hydrex had withdrawn their backing for 2010 and that Swan would be taking over title sponsorship, and James Ellison was announced as Easton's team-mate.[13] With the departure of Guy Martin, Hydrex Honda's roads race rider, Easton is also expected to return to the North West 200 this year having raced several times in 2006 on a Ducati and 2007 on a Kawasaki.[14]

Easton suffered tissue damage to his leg in a heavy pre-season crash, and was not fully fit for the first two meetings. He took four top-six finishes in those four races however[15] Victory in race one at Oulton Park left him second in the standings, but a poor Cadwell Park meeting dropped him to fifth after four rounds[16] He would ultimately finish the season eighth, with a win and four podiums negated by poor reliability leading to eight DNFs. He will return to the MSS Kawasaki team for 2011, having ridden for them in 2008.[17] He will participate in the official Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team test on the new factory ZX-10R at Sepang in January 2011, partly as a reward for winning the Macau GP.[18] After his NW200 crash ended the 2011 season prematurely Paul Bird offered Easton a job for 2012, ultimately meaning he will partner Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki as PBM returns to BSB after several years in World Superbikes.[19]

Road Racing 2006-Present[edit]

Like his mentor Steve Hislop Easton has combined riding on short circuits with some road racing, beginning in 2006 when he rode for Lloyds British Ducati at the North West 200. He took two top 10 finishes with fourth in the first supersport race and seventh in the second. Returning in 2007 riding for MSS Kawasaki, he competed in the superbike and supersport races, taking a best finish of seventh in the second supersport race.[20] He returned in 2010 riding this time for his Swan Honda BSB team, setting a new fastest speed of 204 mph through the speed trap during practice. Race results were his best to date, taking fifth and second in the two superbike races respectively.[21]

Easton's greatest success on the roads has come at the Macau Grand Prix. Making his debut in 2008 for Doosan Honda he won the race after starting sixth.[22] He successfully defended the title in 2009, riding for Hydrex IGT Honda, having also taken pole position and broken the lap record.[23] After an inconsistent season in BSB in 2010 he rode the WSBK spec Kawasaki ZX-10R for Paul Bird's team and took a third successive victory ahead of pole sitter and six time winner Rutter.[24]

As yet Easton has not competed at the Isle of Man TT but acted as a member of the pit crew for his close friend Michael Rutter in 2009.[25] He was set to ride Hislop's classic 1992 Rotary Norton in the 2011 Parade Lap on the day of the Senior TT.[26]

However on 19 May 2011, while in free practice for the North West 200, Easton crashed with team mate Gary Mason at Station Corner. Mason was fine but Easton sustained heavy injuries including a shattered pelvis, broken femur, broken bones in his hands and a dislocated hip, this was confirmed via Cal Crutchlow's Twitter page. There is also a suspected bowel injury. However later it was confirmed that Easton had broken both femurs, shattered his pelvis in five places, broke his coccyx, ruptured his bowel, broke some fingers and had a deep cut on his arm. It was said that Easton's recovery time would be approximately one year.

Personal[edit]

Easton's first child, a boy christened Finley Stuart, was born in September 2009.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 9 July 2012

All Time[edit]

Series Years Active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast Laps Titles
125 GP 2000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
250 GP 2001 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
British Superbike (BSB) 2008-Pres 82 1 20 3 8 9 0 0
World Superbike (SBK) 2009 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 89 1 20 3 8 9 0 0

By championship[edit]

125 GP[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Pts Ref
2000 Honda RSA MAL JPN ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GBR
20
GER CZE POR VAL BRA PAC AUS NC 0 [28]

250 GP[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Pts Ref
2001 Honda JPN RSA ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GBR
Ret
GER CZE POR VAL PAC AUS MAL BRA NC 0 [29]

British Supersport Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts Ref
2002 Ducati SIL
Ret
BHI
1
DON
1
OUL
1
SNE
1
BHGP
1
ROC
2
KNO
Ret
THR
4
CAD
2
OUL
1
MAL
3
DON
Ret
1st 199 [30]
2004 SIL BHI SNE OUL MON SNE BHGP KNO MAL
14
CRO
8
CAD
3
OUL
6
DON
Ret
16th 36 [31]
2005 BHI
2
THR
2
MAL
7
OUL
20
MON
5
CRO
1
KNO
2
SNE
Ret
SIL
6
CAD
Ret
OUL
6
DON
5
BHGP
1
3rd1 161 [32]
Notes[edit]
1.^ Both Easton and Cal Crutchlow finished on 161 thus sharing 3rd place.

World Supersport Championship[edit]

Yr Class Team QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
EUR
European Union
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
2006 WSS Ducati Ret Ret Ret 6 15 Ret Ret 10 11 14 14 18th 26 [33]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2008 Kawasaki THR
9
THR
6
OUL
10
OUL
5
BHGP
7
BHGP
7
DON
11
DON
11
SNE
SNE
MAL
MAL
OUL
OUL
KNO
KNO
CAD
Ret
CAD
14
CRO
15
CRO
13
SIL
8
SIL
11
BHI
Ret
BHI
Ret
13th 81 [34]
2009 Honda BHI
3
BHI
4
OUL
4
OUL
Ret
DON
3
DON
2
THR
3
THR
4
SNE
2
SNE
4
KNO
2
KNO
4
MAL
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHGP
3
BHGP
3
BHGP
4
CAD
2
CAD
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
SIL
4
SIL
4
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
Ret
3rd 374 [35]
2010 Honda BHI
6
BHI
5
THR
4
THR
3
OUL
1
OUL
Ret
CAD
Ret
CAD
10
MAL
5
MAL
Ret
KNO
19
KNO
C
SNE
Ret
SNE
8
SNE
Ret
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
7
BHGP
8
CAD
10
CAD
11
CRO
3
CRO
3
SIL
17
SIL
Ret
OUL
7
OUL
2
OUL
Ret
9th 189 [36]
2011 Kawasaki BHI
4
BHI
6
OUL
3
OUL
2
CRO
6
CRO
2
THR
THR
KNO
KNO
SNE
SNE
OUL
OUL
BHGP
BHGP
CAD
CAD
CAD
DON
DON
SIL
SIL
BHGP
BHGP
18th 69†
2012 Kawasaki BHI
Ret
BHI
C
THR
5
THR
4
OUL
9
OUL
5
OUL
3
SNE
Ret
SNE
8
KNO KNO OUL
WD
OUL
WD
OUL
WD
BHGP BHGP CAD CAD DON DON ASS ASS SIL SIL BHGP BHGP BHGP 12th* 66* [37]
  • * Season in progress
Notes[edit]
  • † Easton's two sixth places were discounted from the points tally as the rules stated that a rider's two worst results would be dropped.

World Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 Kawasaki AUS
AUS
QAT
QAT
SPA
SPA
NED
18
NED
Ret
ITA
ITA
RSA
RSA
USA
USA
SMR
SMR
GBR
GBR
CZE
CZE
GER
GER
ITA
ITA
FRA
FRA
POR
POR
NC 0 [38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2002
  2. ^ 2003
  3. ^ 2003
  4. ^ 2005
  5. ^ 2006
  6. ^ 2007
  7. ^ http://www.bikersweb.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?ArticleId=1663
  8. ^ Snetterton British Superbikes: Stuart Easton out of rounds five and six - | Motorcycle Sport | WSB | BSB | MotoGP | TT & Road races | MCN
  9. ^ Stuart Easton joins Hydrex Honda | British Superbike News
  10. ^ Learning experience for Easton on debut | WSBK News | Apr 2009 | Crash.Net
  11. ^ SCOOP: Paul Bird Motorsport for WSB AND WSS in 2010 - Motorcycle racing news: WSB - Visordown
  12. ^ SCOOP: Easton re-signs with Hydrex Honda - Motorcycle racing news: BSB - Visordown
  13. ^ Error
  14. ^ Stars rev up for this year's North West 200 - Sport - Ballymoney Moyle Times
  15. ^ Easton back to full fitness for Oulton
  16. ^ Easton salvages 'valuable points'
  17. ^ Bikesport News | News
  18. ^ Six-man Kawasaki team to test in Malaysia | WSBK News | Dec 2010 | Crash.Net
  19. ^ http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/news.asp?Id=3409CF0E884
  20. ^ http://www.northwest200.org/files/download/2007_NW200_Race6_BallymoneyCouncilSupersport.pdf
  21. ^ "Plater fastest at NW200 practice". BBC News. 11 May 2010. 
  22. ^ Motorcycle Racing Online - Stuart Easton wins the 2008 Macau Grand Prix
  23. ^ Macau: Easton wins for second straight year | BSB News | Nov 2009 | Crash.Net
  24. ^ Easton completes Macau hat-trick | Road Racing News | Nov 2010 | Crash.Net
  25. ^ Michael Rutter TT blog: "It didn't go quite as planned" - | Motorcycle Sport | Isle of Man TT results | TTXGP | MCN
  26. ^ Bikesport News | News
  27. ^ Easton storms to dramatic Superbike victory at Croft (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
  28. ^ motogp.com · BRITISH GRAND PRIX · 125cc Race Classification 2000
  29. ^ motogp.com · Stuart Easton
  30. ^ Error
  31. ^ http://www.calcrutchlow.com/2004/final.asp
  32. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_km3610/is_200412/ai_n8639348/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  33. ^ Easton to contest World Supersport | BSB News | Apr 2006 | Crash.Net
  34. ^ round-12-brandshatch-race
  35. ^ "Round 12 - Standings: Oulton Park, 9–11 October 2009" (PDF). British Superbike Championship. MotorSport Vision. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  36. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/1307295/standings.pdf
  37. ^ "Round 7 - Standings". MotorSportVision Racing. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  38. ^ The Superbike World Championship Official Site
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Plater
Macau Motorcyle Grand Prix Winner
2008-2010
Succeeded by
Michael Rutter