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Oct 8, 2013

Seeley's Penalty At Silverstone Puts Easton In Charge Of British Supersport Championship Heading Into Finale

British Supersport Championship: Stuart Easton at Silverstone.
EASTON HOLDS ADVANTAGE AHEAD OF BRANDS HATCH SEASON FINALE

The Motorpoint British Supersport Championship goes down to the wire at the season finale at Brands Hatch after last weekend’s penultimate round at Silverstone and Stuart Easton holds a 19 point advantage despite crashing out of the first race of the weekend.

Easton and Seeley have been pushing each other all season for the title and in the Sprint race on Saturday the Martrain Yamaha rider crashed out on the opening lap which gave his Gearlink Kawasaki rider the chance to close the deficit. Seeley won the race following a dramatic scrap with Billy McConnell on the Smiths Racing Triumph and Techcare Profile Triumph’s Luke Mossey.

Seeley aimed to do the double as Easton ran further down the order and at the front the Gearlink Kawasaki rider was tussling in the lead pack of Mossey, McConnell and Jason O'Halloran. However an incident on the eleventh lap between Seeley and O’Halloran as he attempted to make a pass left the Samsung Honda rider crashing out of the race. The incident was reviewed after the race and despite Seeley finishing on the podium he was handed a ten second time penalty, which dropped him to tenth. Mossey had already claimed his first win of the season for the Techcare Profile Triumph team ahead of McConnell.

Easton who leads going into the double-header finale, said: “It was a tough weekend and what happened on Saturday was my fault. The team gave me a great bike as usual and my plan was to get the front and drop the hammer, which I did do. Unfortunately, I think probably a cold tyre, combined with the slightly colder conditions caught me out. We picked ourselves up overnight and went into the race, but having lost all the data yesterday I struggled on a couple of corners, but the bike was fast as usual. It managed to keep me in the fight and we go to Brands Hatch with all to play for."

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Silverstone, Feature race result:
1. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +0.570s
3. Luke Mossey (Techcare Profile Triumph) +0.676s
4. Glen Richards (Smiths Racing Triumph) +4.134s
5. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +9.480s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Silverstone, Feature race result:
1. Luke Mossey (Techcare Profile Triumph)
2. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +0.140s
3. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha) +2.247s
4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +2.607s
5. Graeme Gowland (Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha) +2.657s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Silverstone:
1. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha) 392
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) 373
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) 314
4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 303
5. Graeme Gowland (Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha) 237

For more information please visit www.britishsuperbike.com




More, from a press release issued by Mar-Train Racing:

EASTON MAINTAINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AFTER DRAMA-FILLED WEEKEND AT SILVERSTONE

Mar-Train Racing’s Stuart Easton will take a six point lead into the final round of the 2013 British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time. The Scottish rider had an eventful weekend during the penultimate round at Silverstone: he crashed out of the opening race on lap one yesterday, but battled bravely to fourth place in race two today from the fourth row of the grid – setting up a grandstand finish for the second year running for the Mar-Train team.

Easton said: “It’s been a tough weekend and what happened on Saturday was all my fault. The team gave me a great bike as usual and my plan was to get the front and drop the hammer, which I did do. Unfortunately, I think probably a cold tyre and being held on the grid a little longer, combined with the slightly colder conditions caught me out.

“I folded the front at Farm and paid a huge price losing 25 points to Alastair in the championship. We picked ourselves up overnight and went into the race today, but having lost all the data yesterday I struggled on a couple of corners, but the bike was fast as usual. It managed to keep me in the fight for fourth place and we go to Brands six points in front in the championship with all to play for."

Tim Martin – Team Principal said afterwards: “This championship is never over until it’s over as this weekend has again proved that, but we will take the positives from it and going to Brands with a advantage should gives us a slight edge. Stuart got caught out yesterday in the opening race after a strong start but he recovered well from a difficult grid position today, proving his desire to win this championship with Mar-Train Racing. As we expected it all comes down to the final two races, which should make great viewing for the fans.”