Stuart Easton has given an update on his recovery from the injuries sustained at the North West 200, in the week he would have been gearing up for his home round of the BSB at Knockhill.
The MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider who was flying high in the championship before suffering injuries to his femur, pelvis and his hands in a high-speed accident at the road racing event in Coleraine.
Easton though feels he is turning the corner in his recovery is looking forward to returning home to Hawick, Scotland in the coming weeks.
“I'm starting to feel more comfortable, my appetite is starting to come back and they will be airlifting me to an Edinburgh hospital from here in Belfast, early next week. I'd actually be happy enough staying here the surgeon who did the work is close by but being back home and seeing my family will be great.”
“I'll be honest, the first week was pure hell, lots of pain and I never wanted to see a bike again but now I've been watching the TT and GP, I know I love bikes and that's what I want to do still. I've had another op on my leg to drain fluid and the external fixator should come off after six weeks.”
“You want to feel improvements every day and that's what the physio is all about. You need a goal and I want to be rolling a wheelchair down the pits at Oulton Park before I'm up and about later in the year!”
Paul Bird Motorsport have already assured Easton that he will have a ride in 2012, whichever championship he returns to compete in, and team owner Nick Morgan is encouraged by the progress he is making.
“We've had a crazy few weeks as everyone knows and we've made some big decisions also. Stuart has definitely turned a corner and although he has a massive amount of work to do to get fit, he's a real fighter and the care has been superb. Obviously this weekend is his home race at Knockhill so we'll all be thinking of him even more.”