PBM Kawasaki's Stuart Easton has admitted to being a little nervous going into this weekend's British Superbike opener at Brands Hatch as it will be the first time he has raced since the horror crash at the Northwest 200 nearly cost him his life.
The Hawick man has been getting steadily stronger over pre-season with good performances in Spain, Snetterton and then a final test at Knockhill last week but there are still a few butterflies for the diminutive Scot.
"Every time I've sat on the bike in testing, we have made progress and although it's been hard work since my accident, I'm now bike fit, I just have to get race fit and where better place to do that than at Brands Hatch this weekend. The team have kept their promise of providing me with a bike when I was in hospital and here we are but I'll admit to being a little nervous," he said.
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