Stuart Easton believes the Motorpoint british Supersport Championship is now a two-horse race with Alastair Seeley, but the Scot says up to six riders are capable of battling for the top step at the final three rounds.
Easton, who leads the championship for Northern Ireland’s Mar-Train Racing team by eight points from Ulsterman Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki, has clawed his way back to the series summit ahead of this weekend’s latest round of the championship at Assen in The Netherlands.
The 30-year-old has capitalised on Seeley’s mistakes, with the Carrick rider crashing out of race one at Cadwell Park before another spill during practice in the wet at Donington had an adverse impact on his performance as a result of injury.
Seeley has been spending time in the hyperbaric chamber and undergoing physio in an effort to regain full fitness for Assen, but a quietly confident Easton rates the legendary Dutch track as one of his favourite circuits and is fired up to put more daylight between himself and Seeley at the top this weekend.
“Assen is one of the races I have looked forward to all year. I think points wise it is between myself and Alastair, but the races are a different story,” said the popular Hawick rider.
“Billy (McConnell) and Jason (O’Halloran) have been really strong so there is a real group of six or seven of us that could take the wins.
“That makes it more difficult with the points because there is a bigger gap if either myself or Alastair win and the other finishes fourth for example,” Easton added.
“There will be lots of us scrapping but I am happy with our pace and Donington Park was the best way to go into the final rounds.
“If we can maintain that then we will be shooting for wins at Assen.”
Easton will be the team’s sole represenative after the Temple-based outfir parted company with Glenn Irwin after the Donington round.
Seeley, who led the standings by a massive 47 points after round seven at Assen, has regrouped ahead of the tenth round is desperate to put his title challenge back on track.
“I have been working on my injuries with physio and trips to the hyperbaric chamber since Donington Park and I think it will make a difference as everything is starting to feel good again,” he said.
“I need to get through the first days at Assen without any trouble as the extra crash at Donington didn’t help and then hopefully we will be in a position to fight at the front.
“It has all evened up in the points so we are starting from scratch and we have to get on with the job this weekend.”