EASTON LEADS AS MOTORPOINT BRITISH SUPERSPORT TITLE RACE INTENSIFIES

MCE BSB race action from 2012

MCE BSB race action from 2012

Six points separate Motorpoint British Supersport Championship leader Stuart Easton from Alastair Seeley as the title battle reaches Assen this weekend after the standings were closed dramatically last time out at Donington Park.

Gearlink Kawasaki’s Seeley has had his advantage cut over recent rounds with crashes at both Cadwell Park and Donington Park giving his Martrain Yamaha rival Easton the edge as the pair arrive at the Dutch circuit this weekend. Easton and Seeley have been pushing all season to score the title for the second time and the pair are both expecting tough opposition this weekend as the pressure mounts over the closing rounds.

Easton said: “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! 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. 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.”

Seeley said: “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. 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, but I have been doing my homework!”

The leading pair in the standings will also take on the mounting opposition as Billy McConnell on the Smiths Racing Triumph bids to repeat his Donington Park victory this weekend; the Australian sits third in the standings and only has a six point advantage over the second Gearlink Kawasaki of Ben Wilson.
Wilson is also a multiple race winner this season and after twice missing out on the podium at Donington he will be biding to make amends this weekend, but Graeme Gowland on the Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha will also be seeking a return to the podium as he aims to end his campaign on a high.

Samsung Honda are also targeting their first win in the Championship this season and after scoring their best result last time out at Donington Park when Jason O’Halloran scrapped with fellow countryman McConnell for fourth, the team are expected to be in the hunt again this weekend. Defending champion Glen Richards scored his first podium finish of the season last time out and is hoping that previous experience of the Dutch circuit could help his bid to return to the top step of the podium.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings:
1. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha) 326
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) 318
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) 269
4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 263
5. Graeme Gowland (Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha) 206

 

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