Flying Scot Stuart Easton, still recovering from injuries, decided overnight Friday that the best course of action for him was to hand over his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to Keith Farmer for the three MCE British Superbike races in this sixth round.
It was a blow to the Hawick rider, but, he took it in his stride, focussing on the positives of getting fully sorted for the seventh round at Brands Hatch and also helping Farmer adjust to riding the Superbike.
"I tried riding in free practice and was not too far away from being able to continue," explained Easton who had put in nine laps in the second wet session at Oulton Park, with his best lap coming in a time of 1’ 56.489s, almost eight seconds down on the leaderboard-topping pace of Josh Brookes.
"Trying to fight for a top ten finish, or a podium was going to be tough and it was difficult putting weight on my right side even in the wet so it would have been worse in the dry. That was why I decided to step aside for this one meeting and to pin my hopes on Brands Hatch."