MCE MOTORPOINT Stuart Easton celebrated a double victory at Thruxton yesterday for the Mar-Train Yamaha team as he won an epic eight-way battle for the win in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Feature race after claiming the Sprint race win earlier in the day.

In the Sprint race, which was postponed after heavy rain on Saturday afternoon, Richards had taken the early lead but Alastair Seeley then hit the front with his Gearlink Kawasaki team-mate Ben Wilson in close contention. Easton snatched the lead from the charging pair before the race was red flagged as defending champion Glen Richards crashed out; he was unhurt but the Smiths Racing Triumph caught fire and the team faced a challenge to be ready for the Feature race. Seton Tuning Yamaha’s Graeme Gowland was clipped by the stricken bike but skilfully stayed upright and claim fifth place.

Seeley got a flying start in the Feature race from Billy McConnell and Wilson, with the Gearlink Kawasaki rider taking the advantage before Easton again hit the lead. Seeley fought back to reclaim the position, but Easton was able to make a move to put him at the front whilst McConnell had put in some determined moves to push to third. Easton was holding the lead when the race was red flagged, with the Mar-Train Yamaha victorious from Wilson, who had out drafted Seeley on the previous lap. The Smiths Racing Triumphs of McConnell and defending champion Richards were fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Gowland and Samsung Honda’s Jason O’Halloran.

Easton said: “It was job done which was perfect with pole position and two wins. I was really pleased with my pace in qualifying, but strangely in the races the pace was slower for everybody. To get two wins is all that matters to be fair and the team and bike were faultless all weekend. Thankfully I did my job and brought the fifty points home and we can build a lot of confidence from that. We now move on to Oulton Park, which is my favourite circuit and it can’t come quick enough.”

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Thruxton, Sprint race:
1. Stuart Easton (Mar-Train Yamaha)
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.248s
3. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.574s
4. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +1.406s
5. Graeme Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +1 lap

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Thruxton, Feature race result:
1. Stuart Easton (Mar-Train Yamaha)
2. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.201s
3. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.315s
4. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +0.575s
5. Glen Richards (Smiths Racing Triumph) +0.993s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Thruxton:
1. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) 77
2. Stuart Easton (Mar-Train Yamaha) 75
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) 66
4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 65
5. Graeme Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 41


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