Easton returns to Ducati with Lloyds British Moto Rapido ahead of Cadwell Park
Double British Supersport champion Stuart Easton will return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend (August 27/28/29), joining the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team for the remainder of the season.
Easton celebrated his first Supersport crown with Ducati in 2002 and after missing the previous round at Brands Hatch, the Scottish contender is looking forward to making his testing debut with the team later this week ahead of his racing return at Cadwell Park.
Easton said: “I haven’t been this excited for a long time and I have to thank the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team as I really wanted to be back in Superbike before the end of the season. It all happened pretty quickly and I was due to be riding in Superstock, but SMT have supported me in my return to BSB and I have to thank them too for that.
“The last time I raced a Ducati was in 2004 when I raced the 999 at Macau, which is a completely different scenario and I know a lot has changed with it since then. Ducati always build a lovely motorcycle and it really does look like a fancy bit of kit so I am looking forward to getting some miles under my belt ready for the race.
“I know it won’t be easy as Cadwell Park is tough at the best of times as it is such a demanding circuit, but there is certainly a lot to look forward to and I can’t wait to get the second half of my season started.”
Team owner Steve Moore commented: “Following Danny’s departure from the team we were determined to continue for the rest of the season, so after speaking with Lloyds British and with Stuart this was the best scenario.
“Mid season isn’t ideal for a rider change but with a two day test already booked for Cadwell Park prior to the next round it’s an ideal opportunity to get some laps in and get Stuart settled into the team and get a feel for the Ducati.
“The whole team and our sponsors are very pleased to have him join us for the remainder of 2016 and now our season has changed the pressure is off and we can concentrate on racing.”