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Easton takes first win of the season

Monday, May 03 2010

Stuart Easton secured his first win of the season for the Swan Honda team after an impressive performance in the opening race of the day at Oulton Park to hold off the challenges from championship leader Tommy Hill.

Easton said: "It's great to win the first race of the season for the Swan Honda team and I had a good start and just managed to hold off Tommy Hill. I got off to a good start, which is quite typical and then every lap my board just said +0 and its just a case of keeping it all together and just counting down the laps. It was a close one out there but hopefully we can make it two out of two in the next one."

Easton took the whole shot off the line to lead into Old Hall for the first time, but Hill was tucked in behind and the pole-sitter was determined to shadow his rival. There was drama on the opening lap though as the second Worx Crescent Suzuki of Yukio Kagayama crashed out at Island Bend.

Michael Rutter also got a good start off the front row on the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati, running fourth and attempting to pass Josh Brookes on the HM Plant Honda for third, but he ran wide at Lakeside losing ground and a few laps later he retired to the pitlane.

The second lap saw Ian Lowry end his race prematurely after he crashed his Motorpoint Yamaha out of contention at Shell Oils corner, whilst Tommy Bridewell was given a jump start and he was forced back into pitlane for his ride through penalty. Christian Iddon was another rider to end his race early as he crashed the Sorrymate.com SMT Honda at Brittens.

Easton and Hill led the pack, with HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes running third ahead of Alastair Seeley and Ryuichi Kiyonari. The pack was inseparable and Seeley was piling the pressure on Kiyo for the position, but on lap nine he made his move and dived down the inside at Shell Oils corner. The move pushed the HM Plant Honda wide and he lost ground, dropping him to seventh, although he was later forced to retire.

Easton and Hill continued to set the pace but the fight for the final podium place was on as the two Relentless Suzuki by TAS riders took on Brookes and Buildbase Kawasaki's John Laverty. On the 16th lap Michael Laverty went wide at Shell Oils corner to give his brother enough room to pass and move fifth.

On the final lap the pack had a complete shake-up with some frantic passing at Hizzy's chicane giving John Laverty the chance to stand on the podium for the first time for the Buildbase Kawasaki team with Seeley forced to settle for fourth ahead of team-mate Michael Laverty. Josh Brookes dropped to sixth in the closing lap, whilst Gary Mason held of the challenges of team-mate Walker to be the first MSS Colchester Kawasaki home in seventh. The second Motorpoint Yamaha of Dan Linfoot ended the race ninth ahead of Bridewell who recovered from his ride through penalty.

MAR Kawasaki's Hudson Kennaugh won the Mirror.co.uk BSB - Evo race after an impressive ride to hold off the challenge from the battling Steve Brogan and David Anthony who finished second and third respectively. The Jentin Racing-BMW Motorrad rider started from the back of the grid and his impressive performance put him 15th overall; level with Anthony's MIST Suzuki as they crossed the line.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race one:

1. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda)
2. Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.058s
3. John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +10.399s
4. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +10.843s
5. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +10.849s
6. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +11.073s
7. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +23.428s
8. Chris Walker (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +27.478s
9. Dan Linfoot (Motorpoint Yamaha) +35.997s
10. Tommy Bridewell (Quay Garage Honda) +36.709s
The second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race starts at 16:40 this aft